MDOT began the Glen Lake ‘Narrows’ bridge replacement project on Monday taking down signs on the bridge in preparation for the closing. Barriers were put in place Tuesday morning.
The $3.4 million project includes a new aesthetically-pleasing design, with reconstructed approaches, and safer pedestrian access including handicap-accessible areas on either end of the bridge that people may get to and use for viewing or fishing.
While the bridge work continues, motorists are advised to use Co Roads 616 and 675 to drive around the east shore of Big Glen lake, or 616, M-109 and M-209 on the west side of Little Glen.
After 80 years of carrying cars and people across the Narrows of Big Glen and Little Glen, a group of 30 or so brave and devoted souls turned out the night before its closure during a windy freezing rain to say good-bye. Organized by Anne and Larry Krawczak and Judy and Carl McBride, the event included music (all songs with “bridge” in the title) and dancing.
The crowd was told they could walk away when Auld Ang Syne played. After the 15-minute ceremony, the wet, cold group “reluctantly” left and met up again at Art’s Tavern for dinner, and the music continued.
Learn more about the History of the Glen Lake Bridge