Blue Bridge Over Grand River Closed for Repairs

By: AP
By: AP

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- People will have to find another way to cross the Grand River on foot for a few months while the Blue Bridge in Grand Rapids undergoes a $1.1 million makeover.

The former rail bridge this week closed for 3 months for the rehabilitation. The project includes patching and sealing the bridge deck, replacing some sidewalk, painting the bridge trusses a fresh coat of blue and adding color-changing LED lights.

The Downtown Development Authority says crews also will install electrical boxes for possible use during special events. The authority and the state are paying for the work.

The bridge plays an important role in the western Michigan city's increasingly popular ArtPrize festival and is to reopen Aug. 30, just in time for ArtPrize 2013.

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