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Westbound I-196 closes April 1 in Grand Rapids for bridge reconstruction

Fast facts:
- MDOT is widening and reconstructing the westbound I-196 bridge over the Grand River in Grand Rapids.
- The wider bridge will accommodate wider shoulders and additional lanes to better connect westbound I-196 to the US-131 interchange.
- Westbound I-196 will be closed from April 1 through Aug. 31.

March 19, 2019 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $21.4 million to widen and reconstruct the westbound I-196 bridge over the Grand River at the US-131 interchange in Grand Rapids. The project includes deck replacement, painting, barrier wall replacement, and substructure reinforcement. The wider bridge will accommodate wider shoulders and additional lanes to better connect westbound I-196 to the US-131 interchange. 

             Westbound I-196 will be closed at Ottawa Avenue with no access to US-131 from April 1 through Aug. 31. Downtown exits to Fuller, College and Ottawa avenues will remain open, but through-traffic will be detoured onto westbound I-96 to southbound US-131. All ramps at the I-196/US-131 interchange are subject to periodic closures throughout the project. All lanes on eastbound I-196 will remail open.

 Project map: https://bit.ly/2HrJrvd 

CONTACT: John Richard, MDOT Office of Communications at 616-262-1565 or email at RichardJ2@Michigan.gov

Visit MDOT's Mi Drive traffic information website: www.Michigan.gov/Drive