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Major road project underway in Ottawa Co.

Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014
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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 is getting a special tour of a major road project in Ottawa County Thursday evening.

It will be the first new route in the state in over a decade, and includes a new bridge over the Grand River.

Newschannel 3 spoke with Michigan Department of Transportation officials in Robins Township on the major undertaking.

The new route will connect M-45 in Robins Township with I-96 and M-104, near Nunica.

M-DOT says it's been a long time coming.

Construction began in 2011, but it hasn't been without its obstacles--mostly water.

M-DOT officials say water elevation and amount of rain coming down has been an issue with the project so far.

Crews are now installing the beams that will cross the Grand River--the most challenging part of the build.

M-DOT says the new route will be the first in the state since the completion of M-6 in 2004, but they add that it will be worth the wait, calling it "a great addition to the system."

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