- Associated Press - Friday, November 27, 2015

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) - Officials in the southwestern Michigan city of Holland are proceeding with plans to build a bridge for walkers and bicyclists to a landmark park.

The Holland Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/1IdfGcv ) Thursday the City Council approved paying half of the $58,000 cost for soil borings and surveys for a prospective bridge linking Windmill Island Gardens to Holland Township.

The route was presented to the state when the city and township applied for grants about 1 ½ years ago. The local governments have pledged $400,000 on top of roughly $2 million in grants and donations if the project proceeds.

Officials say the route is the safest, uses the least amount of boardwalk and requires the shortest bridge spanning the Macatawa River. However, officials initially met resistance from the landowner where the bridge footings and path would be placed.

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Information from: The Holland Sentinel, https://www.thehollandsentinel.com

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