Michigan Street bridge bans all trucks

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- The newest law to restrict traffic on the Michigan Street Bridge bans all trucks.

Truck drivers traveling north on Michigan get their first warning about the restriction down by Lincolnway and Sample street. But, if they miss that sign, the next warning they see is actually at the bridge-- when it's too late to turn around.

While some truck drivers are taking their chances and crossing the bridge anyway, others are turning around in local neighborhoods, like Riverside Dr.

Peg Hines has lived on Riverside Dr. for almost 50 years. In that time, she's seen the ebb and flow of traffic as South Bend grows.

But nothing could be worse than when the bridge was closed earlier this year.

"Last time the bridge was closed it was a speedway through here," said Hines.

Hines said so far she's only seen a few trucks make their way up the steep street, but she has seen a few pulled over and one- forced to turn around.

"There was a truck that was down on Michigan and he realized that he couldn't' cross the bridge and he just didn't know quite what to do," said Hines. "He waited for traffic and then he turned onto Riverside and came up to about Lafayette and made a turn around but he seemed rather puzzled."

Right now the full repairs on the bridge are expected to begin in June.


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