Video: MDOT working on design plans to replace 100th Street bridge

Contact: Nick Schirripa, MDOT Office of Communications,
Agency: Transportation

Fast facts:
- The 100th Street bridge over US-131 in Kent County has been struck by high-load hits seven times since January.
- There were six documented high-load hits at this bridge from 1985 to 2003.
- Loads higher than 13 feet 6 inches require a permit per state law.

April 17, 2018 -- Due to damaging high-load hits this year on the 100th Street bridge over US-131 in southern Kent County, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is working on plans for a project to replace and upgrade the bridge, tentatively scheduled for 2020.

Last January, two oversized loads struck and damaged the north and south fascia beams. Both beams were removed and 100th Street has been restricted to eastbound traffic only. This construction season, the bridge will be fixed to restore both directions of traffic by Memorial Day. Also, as part of the additional General Fund money that was approved by the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder in March, there will be a resurfacing project on US-131 that will involve removing a few inches of the pavement to increase the clearance under the bridge. 

The minimal legal height of any bridge in Michigan is 13 feet 6 inches, and any truck carrying loads higher than that require a permit per state law.

This video summarizes the history of the 100th Street bridge, including comments by industry experts and future plans for this interchange: