Residents demand second opinion on Smith’s Bridge

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FERRYSBURG, Mich. (WOOD) — Neighbors in Ferrysburg are demanding a second opinion on a bridge they say does not need to be closed. 

This comes after officials found structural concerns during a routine inspection at Smith’s Bridge. 

“The rebar that’s holding the box springs together is broken, so the beams are working independently instead of together in tandem,” said City Manager Craig Bessinger as he described the problem. 

Bessinger says the bridge is inspected every two years. Before its last inspection, reports showed the bridge was in good shape.

Engineers say they are concerned of water deteriorating parts of the bridge and the problem would only worsen as cars drive over it.

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