WB I-196 closes in downtown Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A stretch of westbound I-196 in downtown Grand Rapids has closed.

The closure, which will last through August, is so the Michigan Department of Transportation can widen the bridge over the Grand River. When all is said and done, there will be more westbound lanes over the river to alleviate congestion at the US-131 interchange.

You’ll still be able to take westbound I-196 toward downtown, but you’ll have to get off at Fuller Avenue, College Avenue or your last chance at Ottawa Avenue.

Posted detour signs will send drivers along I-96 and then south on US-131.

You could also take M-6 around the south side of metropolitan area.

There are some additional single-lane and ramp closures along eastbound I-196 through Monday afternoon.

The project is not affecting eastbound I-196, but the ramp from southbound US-131 to eastbound I-196 will be shut down through mid-June.

The I-196 bridge work is probably MDOT’s biggest project in West Michigan this summer, but there are a few others to keep an eye out for.

You can always check live traffic conditions on woodtv.com.

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