New weight limits for bridge near Marion

According to the inspection company, Link Engineering Services, the section loss to the steel beams and sheet piling have become significant enough to warrant establishing load limits for the bridge. (Courtesy photo)

According to the inspection company, Link Engineering Services, the section loss to the steel beams and sheet piling have become significant enough to warrant establishing load limits for the bridge. (Courtesy photo)

Submitted to the Herald Review

MARION — Weight limits will soon be posted on the 5th Avenue Bridge over the Clam River northeast of Marion based on a recent inspection.

According to the inspection company, Link Engineering Services, which was contracted by the Osceola County Road Commission to complete the federally required biannual inspection, the section loss to the steel beams and sheet piling have become significant enough to warrant establishing load limits for the bridge.

Road Commission Manager Luke Houlton indicated the new load limits will likely not affect passenger cars, but mainly trucks, buses and emergency vehicles.

“The reduced weight limit won’t have an impact on car traffic but trucks will have to take another route,” he said.

Signs indicating the restrictions for various truck configurations have been ordered and will be put up when they are received. Signs will be posted at the bridge as well as the County Line Road intersection north of the bridge and the 22 Mile Road intersection south of the bridge to advise trucks they should not go any further and turn around at the intersection if they are over the posted limits. Additionally, an advance notice sign will be placed at the intersection of 20 Mile Road to advise trucks before they turn onto 5th Avenue.

The Road Commission plans to submit an application to the Michigan Local Bridge Program in the spring for funding to replace the deteriorating bridge. However, even if the application is successful, funding under the program would not be available until 2020.

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