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From Hudsonville to Zeeland: All lanes open on Chicago Drive by Nov. 21

From Hudsonville to Zeeland: All lanes open on Chicago Drive by Nov. 21

Early this week, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will complete the $8.5 million investment to reconstruct and rehabilitate M-121 (Chicago Drive) from 37th Avenue in Hudsonville to Main Avenue in Zeeland, Ottawa County. All lanes will open on westbound M-121 today, and all eastbound lanes will open this coming Monday. The remaining work includes paving driveways, installing guardrail and pavement markings and general project clean-up. The project consisted of cold milling and asphalt resurfacing, concrete pavement repairs and shoulder upgrades. In addition, seven intersections were realigned (76th, 72nd, 64th, 56th, 48th, New Holland, and 40th avenues) and Michigan Left turn lanes were added. Other improvements with this project include corridor safety/geometric upgrades, drainage upgrades, and pavement marking upgrades. MDOT will complete bridge repairs on the eastbound M-121 bridge over the Macatawa River in 2012.

MAX and Spartan Stores Team Up for 7th Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Food Drive

MAX and Spartan Stores Team Up for 7th Annual ‘Stuff the Bus’ Food Drive

The Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority and Holland area Spartan Stores are partnering this year to kick off the 7th Annual "Stuff the Bus" food drive on Tuesday, November 1 to benefit Community Action House (CAH).

Stuff the Bus has become an annual tradition where MAX collects food and personal items to help restock the food pantry at Community Action House (CAH), which provides more than 250,000 meals and items to area residents in need. The month-long food drive ends on November 29 at Holland's Parade of Lights.

This year, residents are asked to help stuff a MAX bus full of groceries by donating items at Holland area Spartan Stores on Saturdays in November. A MAX bus will be parked outside the stores on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free refreshments provided to shoppers who bring donations to the bus. Donation locations are as follows:

MAX Announces Holiday Schedule

The Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority announced its holiday schedule for 2011-2012. Buses will not operate on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, and the day after New Year's Day, Jan. 2. Because Christmas and New Year's occur on Sundays, the holiday will be observed the Monday after the holidays.
 
MAX buses will operate on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24 and on New Year's Eve, Saturday, Dec. 31, from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. No evening "Night Owl" service will operate on those days.

MAX Transit Reaches Ridership Milestone for 2011

MAX Transit Reaches Ridership Milestone for 2011

The Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority saw record ridership for fiscal year 2011, which ended September 30, with 418,496 boardings. That is the highest annual ridership for the transit system, representing a 23.30 percent increase over the 2010 fiscal year total.

MAX saw its highest ridership month on record with 38,674 in March 2011. Average monthly ridership is now nearly 35,000. The ridership spike is attributed to an increase in new passengers using the transit system, and current passengers using the service more often.

MAX also is expected to hit another milestone - 3 million rides -- since it began operating in the year 2000. The transit system is expected to reach 3 million boardings sometime in January 2012, and has already begun planning a special passenger appreciation day for that milestone.

Construction projects and road closures

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Hudsonville, Zeeland

Eastbound M-121 will be closed for reconstruction between 64th and 56th avenues 7 a.m. Thursday, October 13 through 6 p.m. Friday, October 21.

Detour: Eastbound M-121 traffic should head south (right) on 64th Avenue, east (left) on Riley Street and north (left) on 56th Avenue back to M-121.

 

48th Avenue will be closed on the south side of M-121 from 7 a.m. Thursday, October 13 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 26.

Detour: Head west on Byron Road, north (right) on 64th Avenue, east (right) on Riley Street and north (left) on 56th Avenue back to M-121.

 

72nd Avenue will be closed on the south side of M-121 from 7 a.m. Thursday, October 13 to 6 p.m.

MAX Transit System Awarded $2 Million to Fund New Bus Facility

MAX Transit System Awarded $2 Million to Fund New Bus Facility

(Holland, MI) October 14, 2011 – A $2 million federal grant awarded to the Macatawa Area Express (MAX) Transportation Authority will allow the Holland area transit system to complete all five phases of a new bus facility and garage.

The U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday announced the recipients of federal grants through a competitive selection process. MAX’s project was among 11 projects in Michigan to receive grants, but is the only one from the western side of the state to receive funding.

The funds are purposed for capital projects rather than funding operational service improvements, such as an expansion of hours or routes.

“This is very good news for us and the lakeshore community,” said MAX Director Linda LeFebre. “We had already received federal funds for this capital project in 2006 and 2007, but this additional $2 million grant now allows us to complete the remaining phases of our planned bus facility.”

Fall color tour beginning in Holland

Fall color tour beginning in Holland

The leaves are nearing their peak color in West Michigan.  You don’t have to go far to catch the fall colors.  One beautiful tour starts in Holland and takes you through Saugatuck, Douglas, Fennville and New Richmond.

Color Tour Directions Starting from Holland:

BR-31 south to US-31. Take first exit (Saugatuck), then south on Blue Star Hwy (A-2) to 118th Ave. East to 62nd St, north to 122nd Ave. Wind east, then north to M-89 (124th Ave), east through Fennville to Old Allegan Rd north (parts are unpaved but maintained), east to 60th St north. East on 140th Ave, north on 66th St, west on Ottagan St to S Shore Dr, east to downtown Holland/US-31.

There are 25 other color tour routes detailed at the West Michigan Tourism Association web site:

http://www.wmta.org/autumn-color-tours-19/