Iconic Ionia County bridge to be rebuilt

May 13, 2015

Whites Bridge was burned down by an arsonist in 2013. Money has now been raised to rebuild it.
Credit Courtesy Whites Bridge Historical Society

A historic Michigan landmark in Ionia County is set for restoration soon. For close to 150 years, Whites Bridge near the small town of Smyrna in Ionia County served both a practical and picturesque function. Practical as a way for travelers in the area to cross the Flat River, and more recently as a scenic area popular with shutterbugs and young people getting their engagement photos taken. Two years ago, someone burned it down. But bridge lovers have raised enough money now for a complete rebuild.

Current State's Melissa Benmark speaks with Tom Byle of the Kent County Road Commission, one of the main organizers of the rebuilding effort.