Lane and Ramp Closures To Affect US-131, Area’s Busiest Highway
A planned bridge maintenance project will affect just about all of those drivers beginning July 7.
“This is a big project. This will be the most disruptive of the summer,” says MDOT’s John Richard. Six bridges on US-131 and will get repairs in a about six weeks of intensive work.
There are several aspects of this project that you need to be alerted to:
- The left lane from Leonard Street will become an exit-only lane to eastbound I-196. Through traffic needs to stay in the right two lanes.
- Two lanes will remain open during the day, but nighttime work will require traffic to be reduced to one lane.
- The northbound lanes will be affected the least. There will be lane closures from Wealthy Street to Market Avenue.
- The ramps from eastbound I-196 and westbound I-196 to southbound US-131 will be closed during the entire project.
- The detour requires you to take US-131 north to Ann Street, exit, and take US-131 southbound.
- Unfortunately, that routes you right into the southbound lane closures.
There will be additional weekend ramp closures that MDOT will announce as they become necessary.
The S-Curve was rebuilt less than 15 years ago, so why bridge work now? Most of the maintenance being done is on bridges that were not replaced in the S-Curve project, says John Richard. “Those are all bridges that feed into the S-Curve, and they’re approaching 60 years old,” he says.
The bridges that will be repaired carry southbound US-131 over Bridge Street, over the Grand River, and over Market Avenue, the bridges that carry the ramps from northbound US-131 to eastbound I-196, westbound I-196 to southbound US-131, and the bridge that carries northbound US-131 from Wealthy Street to Market Avenue.
The project begins Monday, July 7, and should be done by the end of August.