Emmett Township OKs money to fix bridge

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek
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EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Officials in a township southeast of Battle Creek have approved the funding to repair a bridge that has been closed for nearly a year.

Emmett Township Supervisor Tim Hill said trustees voted 5-2 to OK the spending at their Thursday evening meeting.

The decision was not made easily. Hill said the motion to approve the funding failed on the first vote. After a half-hour discussion, it was resubmitted and passed.

A partial collapse along Hoover Road west of Beadle Lake Road closed a bridge over Harper Creek in June 2018, and the bridge never reopened.

The fix is expected to cost about $600,000, half of which is coming from the township and half of which is being footed by Calhoun County.

Hill said a timeline for construction has not yet been set, but it could start as soon as this summer.

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