City Council Keeps Trestle Trail Bridge Closed


Allegan, MI - February 20, 2024 - The City of Allegan City Council reaffirmed their decision to close the Trestle Trail Bridge located at Jaycee Park to all traffic following a second comprehensive assessment conducted by Scott Civil Engineering Company. The closure was initiated in summer 2022 and will remain in place until further notice.

The decision to close the pedestrian bridge comes after careful consideration of the findings presented in the engineer's assessment, which revealed significant structural concerns that compromise the safety of pedestrians utilizing the bridge.

The assessment conducted by Scott Civil Engineering Company identified several critical issues affecting the integrity and stability of the bridge, including deterioration of key structural components, significant corrosion, and extensive rot. These findings indicate that the bridge is no longer safe for public use and requires attention to mitigate potential risks.

Considering the report, the City of Allegan City Council prioritized the safety and well-being of residents and visitors, and as such, took proactive measures to close the pedestrian bridge until necessary repairs and reinforcements can be implemented.

"We understand the importance of the Trestle Trail Bridge to our community and recognize the inconvenience that this closure may cause," stated City Manager Joel Dye. "However, the safety of our residents and visitors is our utmost priority, and we are committed to taking action to address the structural concerns identified in the engineer's assessment."

During the closure period, City of Allegan staff will work closely with engineering experts to develop a comprehensive plan for the repair or replacement of the Trestle Trail Bridge. Updates regarding the progress of the repairs and any changes to the closure status will be communicated to the public through official channels.

The City of Allegan appreciates the understanding and cooperation of residents and visitors as we work to ensure the long-term safety and viability of the pedestrian connector bridge at Jaycee Park.

Read the full engineer’s report HERE. For more information and updates regarding the closure of the pedestrian trestle trail bridge, please contact the City of Allegan Public Works Department at 269.686.1115.