Apple Avenue & Carr Road, Egelston Township. (April 4, 2013)
EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A 42-year-old bridge in Muskegon County will be knocked down in two weeks. The 88 foot long pedestrian bridge over Apple Avenue at Carr Road is in need of costly repairs.
The bridge went up in the 1970s to help students cross the busy road and arrive safely at Carr School, but the building is no longer an elementary school and few people ever use the bridge.
The Michigan Department of Transportation told Egelston Township Supervisor, John Holter if the bridge were to stay, it needed around $90,000 in repairs. So township leaders instead elected to partner with MDOT and the Muskegon County Road Commission to remove the bridge.
Work starts in two weeks. "April 19, the Road Commission will put out signage and lane closures on Apple Avenue. It should not take but an hour or two to completely remove it off its pillars," says Holter.
In 2010, township leaders advertised the bridge and thought they had it sold for $1. The buyer walked away from the deal after realizing how much it would cost to take the bridge down. The demolition bill for the township is $8,600.