The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi Indians ("Gun Lake Tribe") has partnered with the Michigan Department of Transportation ("MDOT") to fund a $26 million upgrade to a highway interchange near Gun Lake Casino in Wayland, Michigan. Gun Lake Tribe is contributing $22 million to the project, while MDOT will fund the remaining $4 million of the project.

The project will rebuild the US-131/M-179 interchange and will resurface US-131 from 120th Avenue to 133rd Avenue in Allegan County. Construction on the project began March 1 and will take two years to complete, opening to traffic in November 2022. 

"There's bridges around us that had been replaced, you know, Martin, Dorr, Wayland . . . not this one yet," John Shagonaby, CEO of the Gun Lake Tribal Gaming Authority, told FOX 17 in a news article. “We want everybody to be safe when they come to the reservation and enjoy good times at a casino or a better trip on the way home; you don't have to wait for traffic.”

"Rebuilding and improving this interchange is vital for this growing area and it helps meet the vision the Gun Lake Tribe has for their casino, their customers and their stakeholders," said MDOT Grand Region Engineer Erick Kind in a press release. "The generosity from the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians of Michigan is unprecedented and gives us a great opportunity to rebuild this bridge and interchange for all of Michigan."

"We really wanted to find a great partner in M-DOT and move this up, and we're putting our money where our mouth is," said Mr. Shagonaby.


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