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Roadwork Updates and Road Closures

Orange Road Construction Barrel 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.

Downtown Road Closures

Eastbound I-196 Closed Over Grand River - Downtown

Eastbound I-196 will be closed to all traffic over the Grand River (to Ottawa Ave) for bridge expansion project. Through late July 2021.

The detour will use northbound 131 to eastbound I-96.

Social Zone Road Closures

West Side Social Zone: Bridge Street NW, Summer to Winter – once the deployment is completed, 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. The rest of Monroe Center (Monroe to Ionia) will be closed for the duration of the social zone with cross-traffic continuing on Ottawa and Ionia.

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.

Construction Projects

Lane Closures on I-196

Southbound I-196 after the US 31 merge will be down to one lane for 6 miles. The exit to Saugatuck (Exit 41) along with the rest area, will be closed during this time. Please use Exit 36 to get to Douglas/Saugatuck. Northbound I-196 will also be down to one lane, but the exits are open. Through May 2022.

Outside of Kent County Construction Projects

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.

New Downtown Grand Rapids Development

Downtown Grand Rapids is continuing to grow! Studio Park is a new complex that is partly open and still under construction South of downtown - behind the Van Andel Arena.  During this time of development, there will be many parking lot closures and road closures around that area. Some will only be temporary, others will be permanent changes. Explore the City of Grand Rapids' Interactive Visitor Parking Map to assist with parking options.

Scenic Drives & Tour Spots

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