US-131, I-96 reconstruction meetings in Kent Co.

The morning commute on U.S. 131 near Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids. (Feb. 7, 2014)
The morning commute on U.S. 131 near Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids. (Feb. 7, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The Michigan Department of Transportation is beginning to look at the reconstruction of sections of two major highways in Kent County, and it wants your input.

In the next 20 years, MDOT is looking to redo US-131 between 100th Street SW in Byron Township, which is south of Wyoming, to 14 Mile Road in Algoma Township, which is north of Rockford.

The department is also looking to reconstruct the stretch of I-96 between Leonard Avenue in northeast Grand Rapids and Fruit Ridge Avenue NW in Walker.

One of the first steps in the process is to get public comment. MDOT wants to hear your questions and concerns over funding, environmental impact and transportation.

MDOT is currently performing a Planning and Environmental Linkages Study on the highways, which looks at ways to improve capacity and operations, and identifies the parts of the project that need to be analyzed further.

The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rockford Construction Community Center at 601 First St. NW in Grand Rapids.

If you can’t go but want to give your input, another meeting will be held at the Walker Fire Station at 1470 3 Mile Road on Wednesday, March 12 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Additional meetings will be scheduled in the future.

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