HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - It could have been considered an April Fool's Joke in June.
Michigan Department of Transportation officials had told Holland municipal transportation staffers that Washington Avenue under US-31 would reopen on Wednesday evening, a week ahead of schedule. That roadway had been blocked off while crews repaired damage to the bridge carrying southbound traffic over Washington Avenue was repaired well enough before a more permanent fix would be done by next spring.
However, all locals were apparently led astray by the state, as the roadway remained blocked overnight and into the morning commute. "Unforseen circumstances" apparently led to the delay, and now M-DOT is saying that the roadway would be open "sometime on Thursday;" cynics were unimpressed and are taking a "wait and see" attitude about whether this pledge can be believed.
It was to be believed - the barricades were lifted before 11 AM.
The bridge was damaged when a truck's unlocked hydraulic lift smashed through two of the bridge's steel support beams earlier this month. A nationwide lack of the type of steel needed for replacement has necessitated the temporary fix.
The left lane of US-31 at the bridge remains closed until next Friday.