MDOT road construction pausing for weekend travel

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Department of Transportation is suspending as much road work as possible this weekend to ease Memorial Day travel.

AAA estimates 1.1 million travelers will hit Michigan roads this holiday weekend, according to MDOT. So between 3 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, MDOT is pausing work at many projects to decrease potential traffic snarls.

Across Michigan, lane restrictions at 80 of 108 road projects will be removed. However, MDOT still advises drivers to monitor their speed and use caution in work zones.

Some of the areas where drivers should keep an eye out for traffic shifts, according to MDOT:

West Michigan Region

  • I-96 in Kent County will have all lanes and ramps open under M-50 with a traffic shift.
  • M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive) in Ottawa County will have all lanes open in each direction at 120th Avenue with a traffic shift. 120th Avenue is closed south of M-45.
  • US-131 in Mecosta County will have all lanes open over 3 Mile Road. 3 Mile will be closed under US-131 and detoured via local roads.

Southwest Region

  • North Shore Drive in Casco Township, Allegan County, will be closed over I-196 with a detour posted.
  • I-94 Business Loop (Stadium Drive) in Kalamazoo will have one lane open in each direction from 11th Street to just east of Seneca Drive.
  • I-196 in Covert Township, Van Buren County, will have one lane closed in each direction over County Road 378 (32nd Avenue)
  • M-96 (Columbia Avenue) in Battle Creek will be closed over Raymond Road with a detour posted.

To check out your Memorial Day weekend travel route for road or lane closures, visit MDOT’s website.

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