Construction on GR bridges starts Monday


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Crews will begin work Monday on several bridge projects in Grand Rapids.

One $4.5 million Michigan Department of Transportation project will improve the southbound US-131 bridges over Bridge Street, the Grand River and Market Avenue, and highway bridges in both directions between Grandville Avenue and Wealthy Street.

Two lanes of southbound US-131 will remain open for most of the project. Northbound lanes will be open between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. MDOT says there will be nightly two-lane closures in both the north and southbound lanes between Grandville Avenue and Wealthy street.

The biggest disruption will be that ramps from both east and westbound I-196 to southbound US-131 will be closed for most of the project.

To get to southbound US-131 from I-196, MDOT says drivers should take US-131 north to Ann Street, take Ann west and turn north onto Turner Avenue, and then get back on the highway headed south.

The southbound US-131 ramp to Peal Street will also be closed.

“It will take a few days for motorists to adjust. That first week, those first couple of days, are always the most disruptive. But people find a way and adjust their schedules and then, of course, things settle down,” MDOT spokesman John Richard said.

The project is expected to wrap up on Aug. 28.

At the same time, crews will begin repairs to the Fulton Street bridge over the Grand River downtown. Work will include joint replacement, deck patching and substructure repair.

One lane will remain open in each direction, but there will be a traffic shift.

Both projects are expected to last until late August.

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US-131 bridge work details from MDOT

Fulton Street bridge work details from MDOT

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