MDOT hearing today on rebuilding US-131/M-179 interchange
The Michigan Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Gun Lake Tribe, will hold a public meeting today to discuss plans to rebuild the interchange at U.S. 131 and M-179 (Chief Noonday Road/129th Avenue).
The meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Gun Lake Tribal Administration Building, 2872 Mission Dr., Shelbyville.
Representatives from MDOT will provide details about the project, construction schedule and traffic information. The public is invited to stop in at any time during the meeting to learn more about the project and provide comments, MDOT spokesman John Richard said.
The project will involve rebuilding the interchange on U.S. 131 at the Hopkins/Bradley exit. “The new interchange will be rebuilt as a single-point urban interchange, similar to the one at U.S. 131 and 44th Street (in the Grand Rapids area),” Richard said.
Preliminary work on the project is set to begin this fall, but the bulk of the project will take place next year, Richard said.
The U.S. 131/M-179 interchange was originally built in 1959. The interchange has seen a considerable increase in traffic since the Gun Lake Casino opened in January 2011.