Redesign being considered for Bridge Street in Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An unusual traffic configuration is being considered for the unfinished section of the Bridge Street resurfacing project in Grand Rapids. The city is holding a public meeting to get input from citizens.

Resurfacing on Bridge Street between US-131 and I-196 was scheduled to be completed in 2014, but the city suspended work winter weather set in early. Engineers have used the extra time to consider traffic designs that control speeds and give extra space for outdoor dining.

Most notable is the consideration of added so-called bulbouts, where curbs are extended into parking lanes, eliminating some parking while slowing traffic. Also under consideration is the elimination of parking on westbound Bridge Street, which would offer restaurants extra space for outdoor dining.

Engineers want to hear from you about these designs. A public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at St. James Church, 733 Bridge Street NW in Grand Rapids.

Construction on Bridge Street between Summer and Winter avenues is scheduled to resume in May.

If you have further questions, call the Grand Rapids Community Engagement Division at 616-456-3590.

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