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Zeeland Considers Washington Avenue Tunnel


(Zeeland) -  Some may say it’s a game of “anything you can do, I can do better.”

            Four years ago, Michigan’s first vehicular tunnel outside of Detroit opened, as South Washington Avenue was diverted under an expanded runway at Tulip City Airport. Now, another Washington Avenue tunnel could be built in neighboring Zeeland.

            Consumers Energy, who operates a natural gas-powered electrical plant, has proposed spending up to 12 million dollars to build a 900-foot-long tunnel for covering that roadway between Fairview Avenue and Arbor Lane. This would enable motorists to drive through when wind conditions blow white smoke coming out of the facility across the roadway, which create near zero visibility. Currently, a gate system is in place to block the road when these conditions occur.

            The Zeeland City Council will go over the utility’s initial plans tonight, possibly passing a resolution of intent, but Consumers’ officials won’t present a formal plan to the Planning Commission until next month, and a final approval from Council may not come until February. 

-Gary Stevens, WHTC/WYVN News