Historic Currie Parkway Bridge in Midland closed after damage from overweight load

Published: Nov. 16, 2018 at 4:40 PM EST
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(11/16/2018) - Drivers in Midland will have to find a new way to cross the Tittabawassee River after an overweight vehicle damaged the historic Currie Parkway Bridge this week.

The bridge was damaged Thursday when a truck weighing more than the 10,000-pound limit was seen on the 110-year-old span.

An emergency inspection was conducted Friday, which showed too much damage to allow continued use without repairs, according to city officials.

There was no timeline for when repairs would begin or when the bridge might be reopened to traffic. More testing and evaluation will be required to determine the extent of the damage.

Midland's city attorney has been in contact with the owner of the overweight vehicle about paying for some or all of the repairs.

The Currie Parkway Bridge was built in 1908 and was the only span to cross the Tittabawassee River in Midland until 1955. The bridge has seen more traffic than normal this year during the ongoing M-20 bridge reconstruction.