Many crashes, road closures in West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – There are many reports of accidents and slide-offs on many roads around West Michigan Friday, due to the wintry conditions.

Strong winds caused whiteout conditions throughout the day, and the snowfall, combined with Thursday’s rain, resulted in very icy conditions.

Some closures/troubled spots as of 8 p.m. –

  • Eastbound I-96 at Plainfield Avenue in Kent County has only the right lane open
  • Eastbound Cascade Road CLOSED at Snow Avenue in Cascade Township
  • 58th Street between 136th Avenue and 138th Avenue; and 147th Avenue and 40th Street in northwest Allegan County

 

Previously closed roadways that have reopened:

  • Southbound US-131 at 142nd Ave. (exit 68) in Allegan County
  • U.S. 127 north of Blanchard Road in Coe Township in Isabella County, where there were at least 30 vehicles involved in crashes
  • Westbound I-96 at 68th Avenue near Coopersville in Ottawa County
  • I-96 has  between the Lowell exit (52) the Clarksville Exit (59) on the Ionia/Kent county line
  • Southbound U.S. 131 after 142nd Avenue (Exit 68) in Dorr in Allegan County
  • Northbound U.S. 131 at M-179 (129th Avenue) Exit 61 south of Wayland. A fatal crash occurred there.
  • M-40, south of 143rd Avenue in Holland to 138th Avenue north of Hamilton
  • Southbound U.S. 131 at 142nd Avenue (Exit 68) in Dorr in Allegan
  • Eastbound I-96 near Nunica in Ottawa County
  • Eastbound M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive) entrance to eastbound I-196 in Kent County
  • The right eastbound lane of I-196 after Fuller Avenue in Grand Rapids
  • Eastbound I-96 at 112th Avenue in Ottawa County
  • M-40 at the Tulip City Truck Stop south of I-196 south of Holland

Travel conditions in northern Muskegon County along Lake Michigan are extremely hazardous. Some roads are impassable due to snow drifting and zero visibility. Deputies are policing several crashes in the Townships of Montague and White River, and wreckers cannot get to stranded motorists in that area as well…Road conditions in general throughout Muskegon County are slippery, and visibility is severely limited in most areas. The northern portion is the worst. Please avoid or minimize travel through these areas if at all possible,” said Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler.

“All Montcalm County drivers are advised to stay off the roads due to extremely hazardous conditions and multiple accidents,” according to Montcalm County Central Dispatch.

Traffic is backed up on southbound U.S. 131 near the Dorr exit in Allegan County, due to multiple crashes. (Feb. 21, 2014)
Traffic is backed up on southbound U.S. 131 near the Dorr exit in Allegan County, due to multiple crashes. (Feb. 21, 2014)

“The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department released a statement “urging motorists to use extreme caution due to hazardous road conditions throughout the county – travel only if necessary.”

“We are dealing with multiple accidents on U.S. 131 in the Wayland area and also on M-40 in the Hamilton area,” Michigan State Police said in a news release. “Road conditions have become extremely hazardous in these areas and we are requesting people avoid them.”

“Visibility is zero in many places. …Please stay off the roads on the NW side of Allegan County until the wind subsides,” according to the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office.

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