M-231 progresses

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:10 PM

That road is M-231, a new two-lane highway that will provide a new crossing of the Grand River.

Michigan Department of Transportation officials hosted an open house Wednesday at Crockery Township Hall to explain upcoming traffic shifts and construction that will begin in the next week or two, depending on the weather.

Work on the M-231/I-96 interchange is expected to be completed by November. On the docket are two new bridges, additional bridge repairs, and construction of an M-231 on-ramp to westbound I-96 and an eastbound I-96 off-ramp to M-231.

Two ramps will be removed: the eastbound I-96 off-ramp to M-104 and the M-104 on-ramp to westbound I-96. M-104 traffic may be rerouted to 112th Avenue, similar to what was done this past summer.

Traffic shifts will occur on I-96. The eastbound lanes will be closed and cars will use westbound lanes. Around June, the route will be vice versa.

Intermittent and long-term ramp closures are anticipated throughout the project. Motorists are encouraged to follow the posted detours.

“We're going to do everything we can to keep their commutes moving as fluidly as we can,” said Art Green, transportation service center manager for the state agency.

The $200 million project will also include U.S. 31 improvements from Franklin Avenue to Jackson Street in Grand Haven, and north of Holland, according to MDOT spokesman John Richard.

M-231 will connect I-96 with M-45, and is expected to be completed and open to traffic by 2016. The road will not be opened until the entire stretch is completed, Green said.

During the upcoming months, 1.4 miles of M-231 will be constructed, including two new bridges to carry M-231 over the Grand River and Little Robinson Creek in Crockery and Robinson townships.

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