OTTAWA COUNTY – A highway project that was slated to start on Monday has now been delayed until 2022 due to supply issues.

The Ottawa County Road Commission announced on Wednesday, September 15 that a project to replace the beams and deck of the Byron Road Bridge over the Black River has been delayed. It was to start on September 20 and run until December 4.

The OCRC said the delay to 2022 is the result of supplier issues for the materials needed to replace the bridge.

In announcing the delay, OCRC said “the crews don’t want to risk starting the project and then being unable to reopen the bridge before winter sets in due to these constraints.”

OCRC communications administrator Alex Doty said “there should be no hesitation” in using the bridge in the meantime. Doty added that there is a 19 ton weight limit for the bridge and if any significant issues arise these can be addressed with further restrictions or limitations.

A precise date has not been set for the start of the project next year. The work was to close Byron Road east of I-196 and west of 76th Avenue in the township of Zeeland. In addition to replacing the bridge beam and deck, the OCRC planned to reconstruct the road approaches at each end of the bridge.