Debris spilled on US-131 after 100th St. bridge hit

Kent County

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The battered 100th Street overpass in southern Kent County was hit again Friday afternoon, marking at least the eighth time this year that a truck’s tall load has struck the bridge deck.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says metal crates being hauled by a semi were stacked too high to fit under the bridge. MDOT added the trucker did not have a permit.

After the load hit the bridge around 5 p.m., several of the containers were scattered along the side of the highway and in the southbound lanes. That led to crashes involving other vehicles; at least one of those vehicles was hit by a crate. It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was injured or how seriously.

The bridge itself was not damaged.

There were lane closures for a few hours while authorities cleaned up, causing a traffic backup as past M-6.

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The 100th Street bridge deck has been struck at least seven other times this year by trucks hauling loads that are too tall. The bridge is lower than most, but it’s clearly labeled. The commonly offered explanation for why this keeps happening now is that inexperienced truckers simply aren’t checking their load height in comparison to the heights of the bridges on their route.

The first strikes in January damaged the bridge. Construction is underway to fix it and should wrap up around Memorial Day.

Later this year, MDOT will do some resurfacing work to add a couple more inches’ clearance under the bridge. The state is tentatively planning to replace the bridge in 2020.

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