M-231 project pushes ahead

Miles of fields and rural country roads won’t be the only views in the vicinity of Mark Bos’ farm operation in the not-too-distant future.
Alex Doty
Nov 7, 2013


His property on Leonard Road in Crockery Township sits along the side of the emerging M-231 project — a road that state officials hope in a few years will be filled with traffic diverting around the City of Grand Haven.

“It has been busy,” Bos said. “They’re going to start building the overpass, which is the worst part of it.”

The overpass will cross over Leonard Road. Construction crews have built two large berms for the approach, with construction set to begin soon on the bridge.

“There is always concern and there is always hope that we get used to it,” said Bos, who has lived there for 30 years. “My dad lives next to I-196 in Zeeland and he is aware of that … but you get used to it.”

Bos said he's heard many variations of how the M-231 project would play out, going through, beside and around his property in some fashion. Despite all that, Bos noted that the Michigan Department of Transportation didn't take land from him to build the new road.

M-231 will be a two-lane, limited-access road stretching from M-45 in Robinson Township north to the I-96/M-104/112th Avenue interchange near Nunica. The new road is located west of 120th Avenue.

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Even the "downsized" project will ease some traffic...you folks in Nunica can jump in your car and be seated at a greasy Yellow Jacket table in 10 minutes! You can get to Countryside or the A&L Farm and Restaurant or the crossroads blueberry stand. Even Allendale or GVSU will be a faster ride than going to 68th! It will mean noise for us (until we sell) but great for the area businesses. The end game is to by-pass Holland as well but for now this is all the money they have. Just kidding about the Yellow Jacket, most of the food is ok, their burgers are very good, the buffets is to me just awful...and although it doesn’t shine like a new dime the tables are not greasy.


We are already seeing much more traffic on M-104. It's even harder to turn left off our road onto M-104 than it was 6 months ago. I'm not sure if more people are using the Spring Lake exit off east bound I-96 from muskegon, or where this extra traffic is coming from. The maps I have seen of the bypass are not real clear and easy to understand. Will there be a traffic light at the bypass and M-104 intersection? Are they keeping the dangerous Spring Lake off ramp onto M-104? Luckily, we can use Leonard road if M-104 gets too bad.

On a positive note, we have needed another bridge crossing the river for a long time. This new bypass will cut my husbands commute in half, which will be nice for time and gas savings.


I am just ready for this construction to end. I hate not being able to jump on the highway like I use to. Now I either have to go all the way through SL or Fruitport.I agree we have needed another bridge to cross the river,just sick of the construction.


Growing pains...we shall be rewarded someday. I feel sorry for the folks that listen to the hammering of the pilings; I can hear them from my house miles away!


I can hear the pounding. It's not horrible where I am. I can also hear the train in Grand Haven sometimes. It's the neighborhood dogs barking that get on my nerves. :)


I posted a comment yesterday (Thursday Nov.7th) about the article about Grand Haven "Not Being in Favor" of the widening of US-31 / beacon. I "agree" with the city of Grand Haven and all who want the road to remain the same. Now today, (Friday Nov.8th) I see an article that states that the M-231 Bye Pass is intended to take the stress "off" roads like Beacon. So there for "why" should there be talk of Beacon being "Widened" in the first place!


Its my understanding that the widening of Beacon IS part of the M-231 project. Don't ask me....I'm just stuck in the middle.


Here is a link to the presentation that was given in 2010.


The widening of Beacon became part of the M-231 Bye Pass, it is my understanding only for the following reason. Only because someone at MDOT felt that it should a part of the project! As I have said before. The traffic on Beacon / US -31 is the traffic that will remain there, no matter what someone from outside thinks up! This is a local stretch of road with local Grand Haven traffic for the most part! No matter how anyone looks at it. Widening this stretch road and taking the grass and cross walk in the middle out would only make it impossible to cross on foot and not solve any other congestion problems!


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