GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - You shouldn't encounter major delays while driving through construction zones the rest of this week.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is suspending projects wherever possible on state roads and bridges beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday and continuing until 6 a.m. July 8.
24 Hour News 8 talked to MDOT who said the eastbound I-196 ramp will remain closed to northbound U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids and be the biggest issue.
A detour includes taking the College Avenue exit (Exit 78) to the westbound I-196 on-ramp, then west on I-196 to the ramp to northbound U.S. 131 (Exit 77A).
Some other projects in West Michigan will still have lane closures this week --
- I-96 in Crockery Township, Ottawa County, has one lane open in each direction with a traffic shift. Ramp closures include:
- The eastbound M-104 ramp to eastbound I-96
- The westbound I-96 exit ramp to M-104 in Nunica
- The eastbound I-96 exit ramp to Cleveland Street (Nunica exit)
- I-96, Ionia County, has two lanes open in each direction over the Portland Trail, with traffic shifted.
- M-11 (28th Street) in Kentwood/Cascade Township, Kent County, has one lane open in each direction with traffic shifted between Patterson Avenue and I-96.
- U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, has two northbound lanes open from I-196 to Ann Street, and all southbound lanes open. The eastbound I-196 ramp to northbound U.S. 131 is closed, as is the Leonard Street/Scribner Avenue ramp to northbound U.S. 131.
- I-194 in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, will have one lane open in each direction from Columbia Road to Hamblin Street
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Drivers should also be aware that law enforcement officers from 156 agencies in Michigan are putting extra officers on the road this week as part of a statewide drunk driving crackdown for the July Fourth holiday.
The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in America, as of Wednesday morning, is $3.42, according to GasBuddy.com. It was $3.39 a year ago at this time.
Check out prices in your community.
As for the holiday forecast, Storm Team 8 says a few isolated showers may linger Wednesday morning and skies will become partly cloudy in the afternoon, with highs in the upper 70s. Most of us will be dry on Thursday, but we can't completely rule out an isolated shower or storm. Expect highs in the low 80s, though it will be a little cooler at Lake Michigan. Temperatures will probably be in the low 70s for fireworks viewing on Thursday evening. The weekend is looking increasingly warm and humid, as temperatures climb to the mid to upper 80s. Again, it will be cooler near Lake Michigan.
On Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans will be taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes for the Big Ten College Football title. On Friday, fans began gathering in Indianapolis for the big game.
Two Kalamazoo men are in jail after Kalamazoo officers found them with money stolen from Sunny Mart Friday afternoon.
Two people were taken to the hospital after one vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on crash in Ada Township Friday night.