WAYLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Gun Lake Tribe is expected to foot the bill for the majority of a highway rebuild near its casino south of Wayland.
The tribe will pay for about 95% of the $20 million project at the US-131 and M-179 interchange, the Michigan Department of Transportation told News 8. That’s the highway access point to Gun Lake Casino.
MDOT spokesman John Richard called it an incredible gift from the tribe and said the agency is looking forward to the collaboration.
The current on- and off-ramps to M-179 from US-131 were laid out in 1959, MDOT says. The northbound ramp has a single lane to turn onto M-179. The southbound off-ramp directs traffic onto 12th Street, at which point cars must turn onto M-179.
Under the redesign, MDOT will build a single-point urban interchange like the one at US-131 and 44th Street in Wyoming, which has dedicated right- and left-turn ramps onto the surface street, plus dedicated on-ramps from each direction.
Officials expect preliminary construction work to start in the fall, with most of it being done in 2021.
MDOT and the Gun Lake Tribe are hosting a public meeting to discuss the rebuild from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the tribal administration building on Mission Drive off M-179, down the street from the casino. Officials will lay out more details about the project, including a timeline and traffic information.
**Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to M-179 as M-157 on three references. We regret the mistake, which has been fixed.