The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced in January that construction of the US-131 Constantine bypass would begin on Monday (February 4th) and – in keeping with that announcement – work was underway Monday along Riverside Drive, just south of the Constantine village limits. That’s the area where a new, 870-foot bridge over the St. Joseph River will be constructed as a major component of the $18 million project.
The work underway on Monday is consistent with the indications from Jon Sytsma, cost & scheduling engineer with MDOT, in the course of a River Country Journal interview during the open house held by MDOT at Constantine High School on January 28th. (Jon Sytsma audio clip – :14)
The bypass around the Village of Constantine will span nearly five miles from Garber Road to Dickinson Road.
Contractors DJ McQuestion & Sons and Rieth-Riley will lead the project which is slated for completion in November of this year.
For additional information about the bypass project – including a map showing the route – click on the following link: US-131 Constantine Bypass in St. Joseph County.