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MDOT prepares for multi-year I-196 closures in Grand Rapids, hosts virtual public meeting

I-196 Bridge
Posted at 12:15 PM, May 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-12 06:06:48-04

(Note: As of Oct. 17, 2022, MDOT tells FOX 17 this project has been postponed until further notice.)

The Michigan Department of Transportation will replace the eastbound and westbound I-196 bridges in Grand Rapids, forcing closures for years. A community meeting will be held Thursday afternoon.

Crews will start to replace the bridges over the Grand River and Market Avenue in October.

Eastbound I-196 at Market Avenue will remain closed through July 2024.

Traffic will detour to eastbound M-6 to northbound US-131.

The second phase of this project will start in August 2024 with the closure of westbound I-196 at Market Avenue.

During this phase, two lanes will stay open in each direction on the new eastbound I-196 bridge over the Grand River and Market Avenue.

MDOT expects this project to wrap up in late 2025.

MDOT is asking for public input via a virtual meeting Thursday from 5-6 p.m.

To join this meeting, click here.

You may also join by phone without using Internet by calling 248-509-0316.

The Conference ID is 812 851 13#.

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