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    Reconstruction (Monroe to Ionia)
    Pavement Work (Ionia to Bostwick)
    Lane Configuration Changes (Monroe to Barclay)
    Under Construction

    Project Updates
    Beginning Friday, June 23, traffic on Michigan will be switched to the north half of the road while the contractor completes the final paving on the south half.

    While this work is completed, Ottawa and Ionia will be closed at Michigan. Ottawa will be marked for two-way traffic between Lyon and Michigan and Ionia will be marked for two-way traffic between Crescent and Michigan. 

    The I-196 ramps at Ottawa will remain closed. The I-196 ramps at Ionia will remain open for westbound traffic on Michigan, but no left turns from Michigan to Ionia for eastbound traffic will be allowed. Drivers are directed to use College as an alternate route.

    The planned paving of the north half of Michigan was delayed due to weather. The first layer of asphalt was placed today and the Ionia ramps will reopen this evening. 

    On Thursday, the Ionia ramps will close at 9:00 a.m. so the contractor can place the final layer of asphalt. Traffic will then be switched to the north side of Michigan and the final layer of asphalt will be placed on the south side. This schedule is tentative pending weather.

    Starting Friday morning at 9:00 a.m., the I-196 on ramps at Ionia will be closed due to the paving of the north half of Michigan. Additionally, the I-196 off ramps remain closed at Ottawa due to the Ottawa and Michigan projects. Motorists are encouraged to use College or alternative ramps. East-west traffic on Michigan will remain open, with traffic continuing to travel on the south half of the road.

    This paving phase is planned to be complete Sunday and traffic will return to the previous construction configuration. As always, this work is weather dependent.

    Starting Friday morning, the southern halves of the Ionia and Ottawa intersections at Michigan will be closed for paving. Ionia will close at 8 a.m. and Ottawa will close at 9 a.m. 

    Ionia south of Michigan will be closed to traffic north of Crescent and will be open to two-way local traffic only between Lyon and Crescent. Ottawa south of Michigan will be open to two-way local traffic only north of Lyon. Michigan eastbound and westbound traffic will remain open. The detour routes will be clearly marked and utilize Michigan, Monroe, and Lyon. 

    The I-196 on and off ramps will remain open, but motorists are encouraged to use College or alternative ramps, if possible. 

    The paving will be complete Sunday and traffic will return to the previous construction configuration. 

    The Michigan and Ottawa intersection will be closed from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. During this time Ottawa (Lyon to Michigan) will be changed to allow two-way traffic. Drivers should follow all detours and posted signs to access ramps and buildings on Ottawa.

    Due to inclement weather, this project has been postponed to Saturday (04-08-17) morning. 

    The reconstruction of Michigan from Monroe to Ionia is scheduled to begin in April. A mailer was sent to all property owners and occupants adjacent to the street and construction information is detailed below.

    Check out some news stories on this project:

    Concrete repair between Ionia and Bostwick is now complete and new pavement markings will be placed shortly. The reconstruction of Michigan from Monroe to Ionia will be completed in the 2017 construction season.

    Construction Schedule
    Michigan (Monroe to Ionia) Reconstruction
    April - June 2017

    Michigan (Ionia to Bostwick) Pavement Work
    Complete 2016

    The project will:
    • reconstruct the road between Monroe and Ionia.
    • remove the westbound lane on the south side of Michigan that connects Ionia and Ottawa.
    • straighten the alignment of the travel and turn lanes on Michigan.
    • upgrade sidewalks and ramps to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • install green infrastructure such as street trees, rain gardens, median islands, and infiltration basins to retain and soak stormwater into the ground to filter pollutants and reduce runoff entering natural bodies of water. Please see the image below.
    • create pedestrian islands to lessen the street crossing distance for people walking.

    Construction Information
    Driveway Approaches and Sidewalks
    • Some sidewalk squares and ramps will be replaced. Pedestrians will be detoured as needed.
    • Driveway access will be maintained as best possible; access may be a single gravel lane. The contractor will coordinate with those affected in advance.
    • Driveway access may not be available when road work is directly in front of a driveway.
    Street Trees
    This project will plant new trees in the area vacated by the removal of the westbound lane on the south side of Michigan that connects Ionia and Ottawa.

    Access and Detour Route
    • For most of the construction, one lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained with a center turn lane.
    • The road will be closed to traffic for a long weekend to complete the paving.
      • The westbound detour will utilize Monroe, Lyon, and Division.
      • The eastbound detour will utilize Lafayette, Leonard, and Monroe.
    • The eastbound and westbound I-196 exit ramps will be closed for approximately two to three weeks and freeway traffic will be directed to use the College Avenue exits.
    • The eastbound I-196 on ramp may be closed for a long weekend. Traffic will be directed to use the College Avenue on ramp.
    • The closures are being coordinated with a separate project on Ottawa from Michigan to Hastings. Please visit our website for closure updates and information about the Ottawa project. Changeable message boards will also be used to inform of closures.
    Other Items
    • Typical construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Occasionally, work may be done at night or on Sunday. Work hours are dependent on weather and the contractor’s schedule.
    • As part of the City’s efforts to better manage stormwater, residents are encouraged to participate in a rain barrel workshop hosted by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. Please visit or call the Council at 616-451-3051 for more information.

    Business Guide
    We understand that businesses are sensitive to construction. For this reason, we’ve created a guide containing tips and tricks for businesses during construction.​​
    ​Engagement History
    Construction Preparation
    Mailer (03-28-17)

    Concept Design Meeting
    05-05-16 at 6:00 p.m.
    City of Grand Rapids 
    Development Center
    Room 201 - Second Floor
    1120 Monroe Avenue NW
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Contact Information 
    311 or 616-456-3000