Grand Rapids is easy to get around in-even when roadwork is in progress. Check out these links to avoid temporary traffic disruptions and plan a quick, convenient alternative route while we enhance Grand Rapids' roadways.
Eastbound I-196 will be closed to all traffic over the Grand River (to Ottawa Ave) for bridge expansion project. Through late October 2021.
The detour will use northbound 131 to eastbound I-96.
West Side Social Zone: Bridge Street NW, Summer to Winter – 2-way traffic will be open for the duration of the social zone but shifted north so that westbound traffic is in the north parking lane and east-bound traffic is in the formerly westbound lane. This will allow for an expanded seating zone on the south side of Bridge that includes about 40% of the roadway.
Center City Social Zone: Monroe Center St. NW, Ionia to Division – 1 lane of traffic (left lane) will be open for the duration of the social zone on this block.
Heartside Social Zone: Ionia Ave. SW, Oakes to Fulton – 1-way north-bound traffic (no south-bound) will be open for the duration of the social zone on these blocks. That traffic will flow in the left (formerly south-bound) lane from Oakes to Weston and shift to the right lane from Weston to Fulton.
Southbound I-196 after the US 31 merge will be down to one lane for 6 miles. Northbound I-196 will also be down to one lane. Through May 2022.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be doing additional roadwork outside of Kent County. Closures on I-96 in Ionia County and I-196 in Ottawa County could impact your drive into Grand Rapids and Kent County. Please check out www.michigan.gov/drive the the most up-to-date information regarding lane closures, traffic cameras and incidents.
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