Culvert washout causes SB US-131 GR area backups


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A culvert washout in a construction zone continues to cause big backups for drivers on southbound US-131 heading into Grand Rapids.

Southbound US-131 was reduced to one lane between Ann and Leonard Street starting Thursday morning for emergency road work.

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson John Richard said a washout around a culvert caused a hole to open under the left lane of southbound US-131 just south of Ann Street Wednesday night.

The road has since been repaired, but MDOT says it will remain down to one lane in that area until approximately 5 a.m. Friday.

Last month, construction began in the area to add a lane between the Ann Street on-ramp and the Leonard Street off-ramp.

The project has caused backups for miles every weekday morning. But on Thursday, the backups started even earlier and stretched further due to the loss of another lane.

To add to the ongoing traffic issues, the left lane was blocked at southbound US-131 and West River Drive due to a crash for about a half hour. All lanes reopened around 7 a.m. It’s unclear what caused that crash.

Richard said the culvert failure did not result in any crashes.

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