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 was 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.
Crews also will install electrical boxes for possible use during special events, said Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Kris Larson. The Downtown Development Authority and a state grant are paying for the work.
The bridge plays an important role in the western Michigan city's increasingly popular ArtPrize festival. It closed Tuesday and is to reopen Aug. 30, just in time for ArtPrize 2013, WOOD-TV reported.
"I anticipate the goal is to get that thing reopened before ArtPrize because that's obviously a big piece as far as pedestrians," City Engineer Mark De Clercq told MLive.com.