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The US-131 S-Curve nightmare in downtown GR is finally over

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Posted at 8:30 AM, Nov 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-06 09:46:20-04

The lane closures on northbound and southbound US-131 in the S-Curve ended Saturday morning.

The lane closures for the project, which has had delay after delay since it began back in August, were scheduled to end Saturday morning at 10 a.m. but actually reopened to traffic a little earlier than that. The project was originally scheduled to last only two weeks.

The left lane had been closed since the beginning of the project northbound from Wealthy Street to past Market Avenue and southbound at Market Avenue.

The process of removing the lane closure began with a double lane closure in both directions; southbound from I-196 and northbound from Hall Street, starting at 8 p.m. Friday until everything reopened Saturday morning.

Ramp closures occurred at the same time:

  • Ramp closed from US-131 northbound to Wealthy Street 8 p.m. Friday until everything reopened Saturday morning.
  • Ramp closed from US-131 northbound to I-196 westbound 8 p.m. to Friday until everything reopened Saturday morning.
  • Ramp closed from Cherry Street in the Studio Park area to US-131 southbound from midnight Friday until everything reopened Saturday morning.

MDOT stressed that all times were approximate, as a lot needed to be done: removing the concrete barrier that separated passing traffic from the work site, removing temporary pavement markings, laying down permanent markings, removing barrels and temporary signs, etc.

Now that the lane closures have finally ended, shoulder closures will be in place in both directions of the S-Curve until 4 p.m. Monday, November 8.

Drivers want to know: What are they doing in the S-Curve?