Traffic Tom: Wealthy at US-131 in GR to close for 2 months

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Many Grand Rapids commuters will return from the long Fourth of July weekend to another summer reality: road construction.

Wealthy Street at US-131 will shut down for more than two months starting Monday.

Wealthy Street will be closed from US-131 to Division Avenue; the north part of the Wealthy Street- Division Avenue intersection will also close for two to three weeks.  

Drivers who exit at Wealthy Street from US-131 will be detoured west on Wealthy to Market Street, which they will need to take north to Fulton Street. Drivers will then turn east on Fulton Street to Jefferson Avenue SE, which will reconnect drivers with Wealthy Street. 

Drivers heading west on Wealthy Street will be detoured north on Jefferson Avenue SE, west on Fulton Street and south on Market Avenue to reconnect with Wealthy Street.  

Northbound US-131 drivers who normally exit onto Wealthy Street to get to Division Avenue should consider taking an earlier exit at Franklin Street.

The city says the following will happen during the monthslong project:

  • Maintain the existing lane configurations on Wealthy Street 
  • Reconstructing the full width of Wealthy Street, including the curb and gutter
  • Expanding the sidewalk and the area between the sidewalk and road on Wealthy Street 
  • Closing the exit of Old Wealthy Street onto Wealthy Street for safety reasons 
  • Narrowing Old Wealthy Street west of Wealthy Street and install a rain garden to retain and soak storm water into the ground to filter pollutants and reduce runoff entering the Grand River 
  • Replacing the water main and existing water service lines into houses and buildings 
  • Planting roughly 14 trees 

The city says Wealthy Street’s current lane configurations will not change. The project is expected to be complete around Sept. 15.

>>Map: Wealthy Street construction closures and detours

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