I-96 closure leads an active week of new road construction

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The closure of eastbound I-96 at Leonard Street may be top of mind for most drivers, but drivers on surface streets in Grand Rapids and Grandville and on M-66 in Ionia County should keep their heads up for construction surprises.

The big new glitch is the closure of eastbound I-96 at Leonard Street. Watch the video to find out the reason for the closure.

  • Closure could take place as early as midnight Sunday night and run through October 25.
  • There are two detour options:
  • From I-96 eastbound, go south on US-131, then east on I-196.
  • The ramp from southbound US-131 to eastbound I-196 has been closed for weeks, but it is now open in time to be used in the detour.
  • From eastbound I-96, exit at Leonard Street, go east to the East Beltline, south to enter I-96.
  • Eastbound I-196 will have two lanes from Fuller Avenue to the East Beltline But be warned that the right lane will be exit-only at the Beltline, as it is now.
  • Westbound I-96 will still have two lanes through the construction zone.
  • Westbound I-96 from I-196 will, on June 17, shift over to use a lane on the eastbound side of I-196, then shift back to the westbound pavement after Maryland Avenue.

Here’s a rundown of other new developments on the road:

Ann Street over the Grand River

  • Lane closures during bridge maintenance through mid-July

44th Street at Patterson Avenue

  • Lane closures in the intersection, with some realignment and concrete work through Aug. 30
  • One lane will remain open in all directions, and turns will be allowed.

Byron Center Avenue

  • Lane closures between 84th Street and 92nd Avenue for resurfacing through Aug. 23.

M-66 in Ionia County

  • M-66 closed between M-50 to south of I-96.
  • Up till now, the northbound side of M-66 has been closed.
  • Northbound and southbound closed until July 21.
  • Detour: Use Jordan Lake road between M-50 and Portland Road

100th Street east of East Paris Avenue 

  • Closed for culvert replacement until July 5. Detour posted.  

100th Street bridge over the Thornapple River 

  • Temporary traffic signal will control traffic on the bridge as it’s repaired, through Aug. 23 

Laraway Lake Drive 

  • Closed for culvert replacement between Cascade Road and Thornapple River Drive until June 13. 


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