Eastbound I-96 in Grand Rapids closes Monday for 4 months

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The interchange realignment project at the junction of I-96, I-196, and the East Beltline will lead to the closure of eastbound I-96 beginning June 10.

All traffic will exit at Leonard Street, with the ramp from Leonard Street to eastbound I-96 closing as well.

The recommended detour runs where I-96 meets US-131, south on US-131 to I-196, then east to continue past the East Beltline.

Most drivers will notice that part of the detour includes the ramp from southbound US-131 to eastbound I-196, which is closed. The Michigan Department of Transportation says the ramp will be open when eastbound I-96 closes.


The closure of eastbound I-96 at Leonard Street is scheduled through October 25. It will allow demolition of the old bridge that carries westbound I-196 over I-96 and the completion of two new bridges, one which will carry eastbound I-96 over westbound I-196 and one that will carry ramp traffic from eastbound I-96 directly to the East Beltline. (Watch video that shows the complete project)

As work continues on the I-96/I-196/East Beltline interchange, traffic on westbound I-96 will still be able to proceed west on I-196 in a single lane toward downtown Grand Rapids, with traffic shifted over onto the eastbound side of I-196 to allow reconstruction of I-196 east of the interchange.

(MDOT project page)

Map: Detour for closure of eastbound I-96 at Leonard Street.

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1 Comment

  • lml25

    Trying to drive around Grand Rapids has been a horrible experience this year.It’s probably raised everyones blood pressure 50 points.I doubt if any of the highway road repairs was worth whatever they were doing,Better to put money into fixing city roads imho.

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