The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the soon-to-be-constructed US-131 bypass of Constantine were in the spotlight again during the Constantine Village Council’s first meeting of the New Year Monday evening (January 7th).
After adding ‘MDOT’ to the Unfinished Business portion of the agenda, Village President Pat Weiss reported information she had received via e-mail earlier in the day from Larry Doyle of MDOT in response to her inquiry about the status of property needed for the bypass project. She noted her report during the council’s December 17th meeting – based on information gained during an MDOT meeting on December 11th – that land had been acquired for the bypass project to move forward. She also indicated that “there was some question about this in the newspaper by one of the landowners who said they didn’t think that was right.” Weiss said she contacted Doyle, explained what had happened, and was told that he would contact MDOT Real Estate. She then read the answer sent to her by Doyle: “I confirmed with MDOT Real Estate that we have the rights for the property needed to construct the project. Final compensation has not been completed for all parcels so that may be what they are referring to, but rest assured the project is starting next month.”
Weiss reported that – contrary to an earlier indication that an MDOT delegation would attend the council’s January 21st meeting for a “kickoff celebration” – that will not be the case because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
Weiss also shared information from Doyle that MDOT’s communications representative has scheduled an open house at Constantine High School for Monday, January 28th from 5 to 7 p.m. In reporting the upcoming event, Doyle said, “There will be a number of MDOT people attending and it would be great if you were able to attend. There will be a press release announcing the meeting but feel free to invite others.”
In her December 17th report to the council, Weiss indicated that construction work is scheduled for February 1 through November 1, 2013.
To hear the MDOT comments by Weiss during Monday’s Constantine Village Council meeting, click here (1:48).