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A new barrier, three new bridges, and added lanes are the planned improvements for I-196 in downtown Grand Rapids from roughly Ottawa to College avenues.

Preliminary work has already started on the $40 million project, with construction beginning in April. Unlike the S-Curve project a few years, ago, I-196 will not be completely closed to traffic. Local traffic will have access and MDOT is making assurances that Grand Rapids will be “open for business” during the project. By August of 2010 the roads will be open to thru-traffic. The S-Curve was fully closed for nine months; this project will involve partial closure for five months.

Information sessions and public meetings will happen in early 2010. But for now you can learn more from the project  Web site. You can also keep up to date on the project by following MDOT on Twitter and by viewing video news releases on their You Tube channel.

MDOT wants to make sure all aspects of this project are communicated not just in Grand Rapids, but to residents throughout the region who use that stretch of busy highway. WMSA is happy to help spread the word, and we encourage you to do the same. The project will be a short-term minor inconvenience but by next fall MDOT assures us we will have an improved ¬†ride and view as we travel through West Michigan’s largest city.

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