Raising Alarms On Saugatuck Shores

The new bridge to Saugatuck Island has gotten lots of press (and praise).

But area residents are less pleased about another project on Saugatuck Shores.

Gene Borio reports on a culvert replacement project that has closed off Canal Road since earlier this month.

“Somehow,” he says, “the construction company missed out on the idea that if they completely close off ingress and egress of seawater to the pond for 2 months of estimated work, the pond might stagnate and start dying.”

(Photo/Gene Borio)

When 3 eels floated to the surface, neighbors called the town. An emergency culvert was quickly installed.

But, Gene says, “the eels were so bad, even a gull wouldn’t eat them.”

This gull tried — and rejected — this eel, photographer Gene Borio says.

He adds, “It’s definitely affecting life around here. Even on weekends, people think they can’t cross to get to the beach.”

They can, he says — if they don’t mind mud and obstructions.

Still, drivers constantly see a sign saying the bridge is closed, and turn around.

Saugatuck Shores resident Jeff Manchester is also concerned. Hundreds — perhaps thousands — of cars, oil trucks, boats and trailers and school buses have backed down Canal Road, he says.

One of the many trucks that now backs down Canal Road. (Photo/Jeff Manchester)

They’re following confusing signs that should instead divert Canal Road traffic over the bridge on Harbor Road.

(Photo/Jeff Manchester)

He recommends a simple solution: replace the “Bridge Closed” sign with the one used when the bridge was being renovated.

Otherwise, he warns, “we’ll see a vehicle in the canal.”

One response to “Raising Alarms On Saugatuck Shores

  1. Update that sign ‘Bridge Closed’ in the above picture is now gone and replaced with a ‘Road Closed’ sign. I’m not sure if it was there last time or not but I noticed an orange ‘Detour’ sign with an arrow pointing straight now added at the corner of Harbor and Canal.
    They’re also doing maintenance work on the seawall. I remember when it wasn’t there. It was installed in 1986 or so after Gloria hit in October 1985.
    By the way, the three sailboats are still there. The first one on the curve of Harbor, the next one wedged into the concrete seawall at the corner of Harbor and Canal and the third is just over the bridge in the grass on the left.
    I know the residents of Harbor Rd (followers of this blog also) aren’t pleased these are still in their line of sight and property.
    I hope this situation is cleared up soon for all the Harbor Rd residents.