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Major congestion expected with start of US-131 project Monday


Caroline MacGregor
July 3, 2014 | WGVU   With news of more funding for road repairs in addition to $285 million the Legislature approved in June, comes the start of one of MDOT’s largest projects. It’s also one likely to cause the most headaches for motorists: a 4.5 million rehabilitation project for US 131 and I-196 through downtown Grand Rapids.

Major congestion is expected when the project starts Monday. 

 “SB will be down to one lane at 1am Monday morning and then by 6am they're supposed to have two lanes open on SB from Leonard to Wealthy and that far left lane will be an exit only lane to EB 196.”

MDOT Communication’s Representative for the Grand Region, John Richard.  The two ramps from EB and WB 196 to SB 131 will also shut down – to set up the configuration for the bridge rehab project.

 “The 131 -196 Interchange is a very important piece of infrastructure that's been in place about 60 years and some of those bridge need TLC.”

Richard says the worst slowdowns will occur during the first week and recommends the internet as a great tool for motorists to zoom in to street level to figure out a different route. Nearly 110 thousand cars travel over 131 each day.

This is stage one of the 131 project which is expected to last 8 weeks wrapping up in August. MDOT is also working on a bridge rehab on  Fulton Street over the Grand River in downtown GRapids and (old M45) and the pavement repair project on 96 from M6 to the Ionia Kent County line that start up in a few weeks. Two bridge slides in Lowell and another in Mecosta county are also in the works.
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