Flooding stalls M-231 timeline

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:52 PM

“We’re moving right along,” said Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman John Richard. “The (spring) flood slowed everything down with the big bridge over the Grand River.”

According to the state agency, the construction site near the river was shut down from April 10 until May 10 due to the flooding along the Grand River.

“Once the flooding receded, they got everything back down there,” Richard said. “They had to pump out water (from the site).”

Despite the month-long delay, Richard said the high water had an insignificant impact on the grand scheme of the project.

Once finished, the new bridge over the river will be the sixth-longest public bridge in Michigan. It will measure approximately 3,700 feet long and 47 feet high.

It will be just the fourth Grand River crossing in Ottawa County.

Richard said crews are also busy clearing land for the right of way and eventual roadbed construction.

Work crews are also constructing a new interchange at I-96 and M-104. This interchange includes several new bridges, new on- and off-ramps from M-231 to I-96, and a variety of other traffic improvements.

Once this new interchange is done, there will be a new obstacle for motorists — a traffic light.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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