The closure of EB I-96 in Grand Rapids is disrupting traffic

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – Many drivers were surprised Monday morning to find that eastbound I-96 between US-131 and Leonard Street in Grand Rapids was closed.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has had a resurfacing for the route on the books for several months. The $6 million project will repair both the five-mile eastbound and westbound stretch between I-196 and US-131.

“This is the first Monday because it closed Friday night,” said MDOT spokesman John Richard. “Being the first Monday people were a little caught off guard and there were two accidents southbound from Ann Street. That messed everything up for the morning rush hour. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.”

The eastbound lanes were closed on Friday and are scheduled to reopen on October 10, weather permitting.

“They’re already paving,” said Richard. “By this Sunday we should have the eastbound lane markings complete… and the following weekend we will conduct another 10-day closure of the westbound lanes between Leonard and US-131.”

In the meantime, drivers are asked to use US-131 and I-196 as alternate routes.

Richard said the resurfacing will extend the I-96’s durability by at least another decade. Maintenance crews have also taken advantage of the closure and have secured guard rails and completed some bridge work. The closure of EB I-96 in Grand Rapids is disrupting traffic

Dais Johnston

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