Lane and Ramp Closures To Affect US-131, Area’s Busiest Highway

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
131 S Curve

131 S CurveGRAND RAPIDS, Mich (July 2, 2014) — Every day, more than 110,000 vehicles travel along US-131 in downtown Grand Rapids, and another 70,000 drivers go across town on I-196.

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:

Southbound US-131

  • 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.

Northbound US-131

  • The northbound lanes will be affected the least. There will be lane closures from Wealthy Street to Market Avenue.

I-196 Ramps

  • 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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s