GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP — Construction began Monday on the long-awaited Dort Highway extension.
“We’re excited,” said Grand Blanc Township Supervisor Scott Bennett. “We’ve been waiting more than 10 years for this to start. It’s a $13-14 million project meant to bring economic development to this region.
“As we know, Grand Blanc Township is the economic engine for Genesee County. The Dort Highway extension is meant to be an economic development activity and was funded as such, so it’s very exciting to see the north part of this construction begin.”
Township officials continue to seek grants for a non-motorized pathway to run alongside the extension. The 1.1- mile path between Cook and Baldwin roads is scheduled for construction in 2021. Partial funding for the trail will come from the Downtown Development Authority and the parks and recreation millage.
The highway extension includes construction of 1.3 miles of new roadway, including three roundabouts – one each at the north and south interchanges and one connecting Cook Road to the northbound Interstate 75 exit ramp.
The roundabouts are among five planned in Genesee County this year. Two others will be installed on Grand Blanc Road, one at Morrish Road in Gaines Township, the other at Linden Road in Mundy Township.
During construction on Cook Road, the Genesee County Road Commission will reroute traffic to Holly, Baldwin and Fenton roads.
During construction on the northbound and southbound Interstate 75 ramps to and from Dort Highway, traffic will be detoured to the Holly exit using the interstate, Holly, Saginaw and Grand Blanc roads.
The road commission expects to open the extension Nov. 13.