Orange barrels ready to return to Plainwell
By Daniel Pepper
Plainwell residents will see a familiar site as road construction on M-89 begins again.
This year, construction will be confined to the east side of town and begins Monday, March 11, and is scheduled to continue through July.
Plainwell economic development manager Emilie Schada said she hoped things would go at least as well as last year.
“Optimistically, we’ll fair equally as well if not better,” Schada said. “I think just from a logistical standpoint with traffic flow, the focus isn’t downtown where there’s such a critical mass of people and businesses.”
The main complicating factor this year will be the involvement of the railroad tracks and the city’s Industrial Park.
She encouraged residents and business owners to follow the updates about the project on the city’s web site.
“We’ll post updates from MDOT as we receive them with closures and detours,” Schada said.
Construction updates are available at Plainwell.org/ projects. There is also an email list for alerts during construction and information will be posted at city hall.
Eastbound M-89 traffic will again be maintained throughout the work.
During the first stage of this year’s work, westbound traffic will be detoured north on 6th Street to 106th Avenue, west on 106th Avenue to 10th Street, south on 10th Street into downtown Plainwell.