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Big road project in Holland/Saugatuck area is half finished

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Posted at 9:40 AM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-20 10:47:18-04

SAUGATUCK, Mich.  — Since early spring, I-196 has been under construction between the Saugatuck Rest Area and the Kalamazoo River. That part of a larger project is nearly complete.

The Michigan Department of Transportation confirmed to FOX 17 that the project is undergoing some changes. Until now, traffic on southbound 196 crossed over to the northbound pavement around the Saugatuck Rest Area to a point south of the Kalamazoo River.

While the southbound pavement has been replaced, workers are now "working their way north so the southern section is near completion but traffic will still be crossed over and the project completion date is still this November," MDOT Grand Region spokesperson John Richard said in a text message on Tuesday.

The rest of the project, which involves resurfacing I-196 between the rest area on M-40 in Holland, is picking up speed: US-31 northbound is closed at the split with I-196, and work continues on westbound/southbound I-196 from before M-40 to after M-40.

Overall, the project is scheduled into November 2021.