BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A few inches of pavement will be removed to increase the clearance of the battered 100th Street bridge over US-131 in southern Kent County.
The Michigan Department of Transportation said the resurfacing project, which is expected to start in September, will stretch from the Allegan/Kent County line to 76th Street in Byron Township.
The state is working on plans to replace and upgrade the overpass, which is tentatively scheduled for 2020.
The 100th Street bridge has been hit seven times by semi-trucks since January. Between 1985 and 2003, the overpass was struck six times, according to MDOT.
The westbound lanes of 100th Street over US-131 have been closed for months. MDOT plans to install new beams and pour a new deck over the freeway before the lanes reopens by Memorial Day.
MDOT noted the bridge is lower than many in the state, but also said that information is listed in trucker manuals (PDF). Under state law, any truck carrying loads higher require a permit.