the Pere Marquette River at Riverside Park
Travel to Scottville Riverside Park will be severely disrupted in the summer of 2009. The bridge over the Pere Marquette River will be completely removed and rebuilt. This means that the only way to reach Riverside Park will be to cross the river either at Custer or on Pere Marquette Highway (old 31) at Ludington. Custer road is the closest bridge, three miles east.
City Manager Amy Hansen reported at Monday's commission meeting that work on the bridge over the Pere Marquette River will not be allowed to begin until June 1, 2009, instead of March , as was originally planned.
The Michigan DNR will not allow work to be done in the water during fish migrating seasons. The Pere Marquette is a nationally recognized river, known for salmon, steelhead and brown trout. This means that all work will need to be done during the summer to protect the fish. In the original plan, the bridge would have been completed by July 4th, in time for the greatest portion of the tourist season. Now the city is looking for ways to encourage their regular campers to use the park in spite of the serious inconvenience.
The shortest route from Scottville to the park will be via Custer to Custer Road, to Conrad Rd, to Scottville Rd. This detour is about eight miles, instead of the usual five blocks.
Ludington Daily News
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