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Cave-in shuts down portion of M-53


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August 05, 2009
TRI-CITY AREA — A portion of M-53 between I-69 and Dryden Road is closed to traffic.

A portion of M-53 near Hollow Corners Road began to cave in around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and had local and state officials scrambling to reroute traffic.

Michigan Dept. of Transportation bridge manager Steve Katenus was among the first at the scene and could not say when the road will reopen for travel.

"The road will be closed until the area can be stabilized," Katenhus said. "There was an immediate need to shut it down for safety reasons. It will be opened again as soon as it is deemed safe to the public."

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Katenhus said the area of roadway had been slated for replacement in 2014.

"That could happen sooner than that based on this incident," said Katenhus.

For more on this and other flood damage related stories pick up the August 12 print edition of the Tri-City Times.

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