Closure of New Boston's Waltz Road Bridge causes problems for business owners

Bridge to be closed for 16 months

NEW BOSTON, Mich. – The Waltz Road Bridge in New Boston will be closed for 16 months, and business owners in the area are being negatively affected by its closure.

The bridge closed June 1 after an inspection revealed bearings were deteriorating. It was supposed to be closed for six months, but it will now be closed for 16 because the 93-year-old bridge is going to be replaced.

Mo Salamey owns a nearby Mobil gas station, and he said the closure is causing significant losses for his business.

“If you want to get here, it’s almost a 15 minute drive in any direction,” he said.

The bridge has been closed for nine weeks, but work hasn’t started yet.

“It’s sad because it’s a good town. It’s a fun town and this bridge has just ruined everything,” said Chad Frazier, whose family owns McNasty’s Saloon.

The bridge replacement will be discussed Sept. 20 at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Huron Township Hall. The hall is at 22950 Huron River Drive in New Boston.

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