Quick action repairs erosion around bridge in Sanctuary Woods

Kelly Creek was undercutting pedestrian crossing in township park.
Work along the creek on a bridge at Sanctuary Woods Park, Sept. 20, 2023.

Laketown Township and the Allegan County Drain Commission acted fast when they saw the erosion around a pedestrian bridge in Sanctuary Woods Park, 4750 66th St.

“The foundation for one of the bridges was being undercut by the stream. This necessitated quick action before the bridge was damaged,” said township Manager Al Meshkin.

The township worked with the Allegan County Drain Commission because Kelly Creek is part of an inter-county drain. The drain commission can also expedite permits.

The drain commission hired Busscher Development Inc. of Zeeland to do the work. The company completed the job, including adding rocks along the bank to cut erosion, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, three days after starting.

“We appreciate the assistance of the drain commission and the contractor in greatly reducing the amount of time the bridge was at risk,” Meshkin said.

Sanctuary Woods is a 40-acre dune forest with a trail on its slower section, a set of steps to the upper area where another trail offers views of Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. The township acquired the park in 1997.

Work along the creek at Sanctuary Woods park on Sept. 20, 2023.