Grand Haven pier to close for repairs in August

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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — Many people walk the Grand Haven pier, especially during the summer, but due to some major renovations that won't be possible later this summer.

The pier is in need of repair, with its uneven surface and cracks in the concrete.

The Army Corps of Engineers will begin the multi-million dollar renovation in mid-August, after the Coast Guard Festival and the main summer tourism season.  The pier will close and workers will begin repairing what years of ice, waves and wind have done to the pier, as well as the lighthouse at the end.

Before the repairs can be made though, the catwalk that runs the length of the pier needs to be removed.  Putting it back in will cost another $1.5 million.  If you would like to help the effort to save the catwalk, you can donate through the Grand Haven Community Foundation.

The pier is expected to re-open sometime in 2017.

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