A few months ago, the city began to publicly discuss MDOT’s plan to widen U.S. 31 from Jackson Street to Washington Avenue, making it known that they wouldn’t be taking this plan lightly.
Outspoken, the city hasn’t backed down on their promise to fight this plan by MDOT that, according to city officials, would do a better job dividing the community than easing traffic congestion.
We applaud the city for taking a stand on this issue, especially when the response from the community has been overwhelmingly “save our median.”
Positive moves that the city has taken thus far include a trip to Lansing by all five members of City Council to voice concerns about the project, and also an official resolution passed by City Council that states its feelings on the project.
What did grandhaventribune.com readers say about this issue? CLICK HERE for the results of a recent poll: Should the state widen U.S. 31?
As we look ahead, we hope City Council continues to do its part to help represent the city’s best interests when it comes to this plan.
We also hope MDOT listens to the concerns of the community and of the city regarding this potential project.
With the new M-231 highway slated to open in the next few years, common sense would dictate waiting to see what kind of impact the bypass will have on traffic through Grand Haven before making any concrete decisions to make changes to our boulevard.
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