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Plainwell 'buries' construction project


PLAINWELL (WKZO) -- A road project conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation along M-89 in Plainwell caused headaches for motorists for several months.

Now, a "funeral" is planned to "bury" the construction project and celebrate smooth pavement along the route from US-131 to the east side of town.

Plainwell officials are inviting residents to attend a New Orleans-style funeral parade to, as they put it, "celebrate the death of 'Necessary E. Vil.'

The "procession" steps off at 6:30pm Friday from Chart Street and runs the length of the route to Fannie Pell Park in Plainwell and will be led by Mayor Rick Brooks.

"It's been a rough seven months, but we made it and it's going to get better now," Brooks told WKZO.

Brooks said most Plainwell businesses affected by the construction slogged through, except London Grill, which closed several weeks ago. He said, though, several new businesses have either opened or will open soon in the area.

Then, there's the flipside.

"[MDOT] did over $2 million in water and sewer improvements which normally would've been funded by us," Brooks said.

Hear the whole Brooks interview from The Lori Moore Show by clicking here.