ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — It took more than 20 years of planning, but the new M-231 in Ottawa County will finally open in a couple of weeks.
Under construction since 2011 and scheduled to open on Oct. 30, the new M-231 stretches about seven miles from M-45/Lake Michigan Drive north to the I-96/M-104/112th Avenue interchange near Nunica.
“This is a big deal,” Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman John Richards said on Wednesday.
Years of congestion on US-31 drove the need for a new route. MDOT decided to place it in the middle of Ottawa County, which has been the fastest growing county in the state for the past decade.
The route also creates a fourth bridge over the Grand River in Ottawa County. The new bridge is 3,700 feet long, making it the sixth longest in the state.
“With just three crossings over the Grand River, this is a much needed river bridge,” Richards said.
The hope that is the long process to build the route will result in drivers having to spend less time on the road.
“It will cut some commutes in half,” Richards said.