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Westbound I-196 opens to traffic four days early!Contact: Stephanie Litaker 616-451-4595, ext. 227Agency: Transportation
OCTOBER 2, 2003 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation has completed the mainline freeway work on its $1.8 million preservation project on westbound I-196 between Ottawa Avenue and US-131 four days early. The freeway opened at approximately 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.
"Mission accomplished. Work on mainline westbound I-196 has been completed and we can return the road to the motorists of West Michigan earlier than expected," said Grand Region Engineer Roger Safford. "We are thankful to the motorists, commuters, and businesses who cooperated, found different routes, and adjusted their routines so that we could allow the contractor to get in and get out sooner than planned.”
Westbound I-196 was closed between Ottawa Avenue and US-131 for approximately 10 days. During the closure, the entrance ramps from College and Fuller Avenues to westbound I-196 were closed to help reduce congestion at Ottawa Avenue.
"Now that traffic can flow uninterrupted through the corridor, our next priority is completing work on the ramps at US-131," said Suzette Peplinski, manager of MDOT's Transportation Service Center in Grand Rapids. "The ramp from southbound US-131 to westbound I-196 is now closed for approximately one week, to allow for the same type of work to be completed there."
The ramps from US-131 to westbound I-196 are expected to open Wednesday, Oct. 8. The detour for southbound US-131 to westbound I-196 follows Leonard and Turner streets and Lane Avenue back to westbound I-196.
This project will extend the life of the westbound bridge by approximately 10 years. This project continues Gov. Jennifer Granholm's commitment to improve and preserve Michigan's transportation system.
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