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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES start shortly for all of West Michigan for an accumulation of snow followed by sleet and freezing rain and even plain rain.  The ADVISORIES last until 8 PM everywhere save for Berrien, Cass, St. Joe, and Branch counties where the expiration time is 1 PM.  Snowfall ranges from 1" to 3" near and south of I-96 including Kalamazoo.  North of I-96, amounts may be greater in a range from 2" to 4".  Once snow transitions to freezing rain, ice accumulations of 1/10" perhaps upwards of 2/10" are possible.  Plus, secondary and back roads are likely to remain icy even when air temperatures reach the middle 30s this afternoon.  Please be careful traveling!

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Major road project underway in Ottawa Co.

Updated: Friday, August 22, 2014
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OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Newschannel 3 is getting a special tour of a major road project in Ottawa County Thursday evening.

It will be the first new route in the state in over a decade, and includes a new bridge over the Grand River.

Newschannel 3 spoke with Michigan Department of Transportation officials in Robins Township on the major undertaking.

The new route will connect M-45 in Robins Township with I-96 and M-104, near Nunica.

M-DOT says it's been a long time coming.

Construction began in 2011, but it hasn't been without its obstacles--mostly water.

M-DOT officials say water elevation and amount of rain coming down has been an issue with the project so far.

Crews are now installing the beams that will cross the Grand River--the most challenging part of the build.

M-DOT says the new route will be the first in the state since the completion of M-6 in 2004, but they add that it will be worth the wait, calling it "a great addition to the system."

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