Michigan landmark bridge renovations nearing end

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) - A landmark bridge in central Michigan is preparing to reopen after months of repair work.

The Midland Daily News reports the Tridge is the three-way wooden footbridge spanning the convergence of the Chippewa and Tittabawassee rivers near downtown Midland.

The $2.7 million renovation includes replacing original wooden decking, railing posts, overhead cross beams and arch lights as well as installing a new LED lighting system.

Public Services Director Karen Murphy says most of the project is scheduled to be completed by mid-October. She says the Tridge will reopen fully after the lighting installation is finished in the beginning of November.

The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation funded about $2.5 million of the project while an endowed maintenance fund from the Midland Community Foundation covered the rest.

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