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MDOT begins work on two major west Michigan projects

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The start of the week ushered in two Michigan Department of Transportation projects in Ottawa and Allegan Counties.

In Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, MDOT is improving six bridges including the US-31 drawbridge over the Grand River.

“The good news about that is we’re going to accommodate summer traffic. So, in the spring and in the fall is when the traffic restrictions will be in place and they’ll remove all the lane closures, and the ramp closures, for summer traffic.”

John Richard is Communications Representative at MDOT. He explains that will extend the $24 million-dollar project over two seasons wrapping up in June 2023.

The second project is a southbound rebuild of Interstate 196 between Holland and Saugatuck. Specifically, from M-40 to 130th Ave.

“That’s the original pavement from the ‘60’s. So, thanks to the Governor Whitmer’s bonding program we’ve got enough money to actually do a full reconstruct in the tune of about $34-$35 million.”

It includes a new Rest Area replacement. Southbound traffic will be crossed over to the northbound side sharing the roadway. The project is scheduled for completion mid-November.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.