Grand Rapids Freeway Closed This Weekend
As everyone starts to get out and about, another stretch of I-196 will be closed this weekend.
Westbound I-196 closes between US-131 and Market Avenue at 9 pm on Friday (June 12th) and will remain closed through 5 am Monday morning (June 15th).
The on ramp from eastbound M-45 to eastbound I-196 remains closed through October 31.
Lane closures remain in effect through October 31 on eastbound I-196 between Market Avenue and US-131.
The work is weather dependent.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing about $9 million to improve 14 bridges, along with concrete joint repairs, asphalt resurfacing, and high-friction surface coating, on that stretch of I-196 between Market Avenue and US-131. (I never realized there were 14 bridges in that area. Now I want to drive that stretch and count bridges and overpasses!)
Also, Eastbound I-196 remains closed for reconstruction from Hudsonville to Grandville.
During the first stage of the project (which will run until August), all eastbound I-196 traffic will be rerouted to eastbound M-6. Westbound I-196 traffic will maintains its normal configuration. The westbound M-6 ramp to eastbound I-196 is also closed.
In that area, MDOT is investing about $25 million to reconstruct approximately 5 miles of eastbound I-196 from 32nd Avenue in Hudsonville to Kenowa Avenue in Grandville. The project will also include new cameras, drainage, signs, traffic signals, and bridge improvements at 22nd and 32nd Avenues. They will also be adding an additional left-turn lane on 32nd Avenue to access eastbound I-196.