Drivers not satisfied with Jenison's Cottonwood Drive changes

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (via WOOD TV) — Cottonwood Drive in Jenison reopened fully this week, but many residents say that despite nearly two years of construction, the intersection with Baldwin Street isn't any better.

Road commission officials announced the reopening of Cottonwood between Bauer Road and Baldwin Street Wednesday, though locals noticed lanes open over the weekend.

The road project was scheduled to be finished last October but was hindered by a labor dispute and then winter weather. Work finally resumed in April.

The project's goal was to resurface the road, expand it and improve traffic flow. The road now has five lanes with two northbound lanes, two southbound lanes and a center left-turn lane. The project also included improvements to the intersection of Baldwin and Bauer.

Some locals like lifelong Georgetown Township resident Jill Sytsma say the project missed its mark, especially at the intersection of Cottonwood and Baldwin.

“All of a sudden, they just reopened it. It took them, shoot, almost two years to do it. That’s ridiculous,” Sytsma said. “To pave it and repave it and then do this to it? You fix stuff up like this, the way it is, the tighter the turn, the closer you are and it’s just more of a pain the way they did it.”

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