M-231: Pilings go in for new bridge

Work is in progress on a $2.1 million bridge over North Cedar Street. This is just one segment of Michigan Highway 231, which will eventually stretch over the Grand River and add a long-awaited north-south connection designed to alleviate heavy traffic on U.S. 31 in Ottawa County.
Becky Vargo
Oct 26, 2011

Davis Construction of Lansing has been on the site since Thursday, according to job superintendent Mark Davis. His company’s contract is to build a 130-foot span over North Cedar Street and the two approaches.

Davis said they will bring in a lot of fill dirt, then seed the area.

“It’s going to look pretty funny when it’s done,” he said, “because you won’t be able to get on it.”

The plan is for the bridge to connect to the much larger bridge just to the north, which will span the Grand River, and to the road which will eventually connect to M-104 at the Interstate 96 in Nunica.

Davis said the current schedule calls for bids to be requested in January 2012 for the approximately 3,900-foot Grand River bridge; and for a smaller bridge (500 feet) across the Little Robinson Creek, south of North Cedar Street. A previous schedule released by the Michigan Department of Transportation had these two bridges scheduled for construction this year.

When anything actually gets done will depend on the economy, Davis said.

Design and right of way acquisition began in 2010.

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