(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#.