How construction on US 131 will impact your commute

131 construction to begin soon

CEDAR SPRINGS, MICH. - Get ready to see some construction cones soon on one of West Michigan's busiest roadways.

US 131 between 14 mile Road and White Creek Avenue in Cedar Springs will undergo a total overhaul this construction season.

Its a roadway in dire need of some TLC.

"We've been doing about everything we can do to keep it going, and that's going well, but its time to get that replacement scheduled," MDOT official, Art Green, said. "The road quality out there is getting to the point where it needs to be done."

On Thursday, MDOT officials hosted an Open House and showed Michiganders just how they'll "get it done," unveiling everything from the construction plans, to the materials expected to withstand decades of driving.

"131 is are most heavily traveled road in our West Michigan area," Green said. Downtown Grand Rapids and up carries upwards to about 120,000 vehicles a day. A very large part of US 131 is commuter traffic another large part of this, this time of year, a tourism route to that is pretty viable on this west side of Michigan."

"Owning the campground here, it's going to affect our clientele," Rich Lupico, said. Lupico's owns Lakeside Camp Park, a RV park just along the construction route. At Thursday's open house they learned just how much it will impact them.

"We do get a lot of off the road business, so if it's difficult for people to get off the road, yea they'll miss us," Lupico said.

A price to pay, for something he adds, needs to be done.

"Its an inconvenience but we're in Michigan its, you know, like they say the the summer flower is the construction barrel, there you go that's how it always is."

The cost of this project is about 21.7 million dollars, officials tell WZZM 13 that's roughly 10% under budget.

Construction is expected to begin in mid April and run through early November.

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