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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Roadwork Updates

    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.

    Construction Projects

    Westbound I-196 Road Closures (April 1 - August 30)

    Westbound (WB) I-196 will be closed over the Grand River near US-131 for widening and deck replacement. From April 1 - August 30, WB I-196 will not have access to US-131 and only one lane of traffic will be open to access to Fuller Ave, College Ave and the Ottawa Ave/Downtown exit.

    Recommended Routes to and through downtown Grand Rapids

    • WB I-96 traffic should use M-6 to Northbound US-131
    • WB traffic entering I-96 after M-6 should continue on I-96 to Southbound US-131 into downtown

    Eastbound I-96 Road Closure (Early June - November)

    Eastbound (EB) I-96 will be closed at Leonard St for approximately 5 months while a bridge is removed and rebuilt.

    Recommended Routes

    • EB I-96 traffic should use Southbound US-131 to EB I-196 in downtown Grand Rapids. EB I-196 will continue into EB I-96 towards Lansing.

    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 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 will be built 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.

    Studio Park Complex Construction by Phase

    Phase 7 (June - July 2019) will include an additional segment of Ottawa between Oakes and Cherry. No street closures are anticipated but this addition will open Ottawa Ave to Cherry St.