A watchdog report from a Michigan news station delves into whether the marked height of the oft-hit 100th Street Bridge is accurate.
WZZM13 published a report yesterday entitled “Ticketed truckers blame 100th Street bridge for collisions.” The report features a number of truckers who say that they are are firmly convinced that they had legal loads that should not have come close to hitting the bridge.
You can watch the report in the video below.
The 100th Street Bridge over US-131 in Byron Township has been hit by trucks eight times so far this year — so frequently that some Michigan lawmakers have recently questioned whether the structure has “shifted” or has been impacted by factors like freeze and thaw cycles or soil compactions. From 1985 to 2003, the bridge was only hit by six trucks, which is one truck every two years. In 2018, even though no major structural changes have been made to the bridge, it has been hit by a truck every two weeks.
Transportation officials say that the bridge, which is marked at 13 feet, 11 inches, actually measures 14 feet, 1 inch on the northbound side of the bridge.
The bridge is set to be replaced in 2020 by a structure that is at least 16 feet high.
You can click here for WZZM 13’s full report.