Multiple Crashes Shut Down US-31

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01-17-14 us-31 traffic jamNORTON SHORES, Mich. — A series of crashes on southbound US-31 between I-96 and Sternberg Road blocked the highway Friday morning.

At one point, the Norton Shores Police Department sent out word that drivers should avoid the area.

The problems began shortly after 7 a.m., and the highway was not completely cleared until just before 9 a.m.

Traffic was at a standstill back to Sherman Boulevard, and the ramps leading from I-96 and Seaway Drive to southbound US-31 were locked up. Frustrated drivers were seen turning around and going the wrong way on the ramp to get out of the traffic jam.

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