I-196 Road and Bridge Improvements, Grand Rapids

Start: March 2021    End: November 2021
What Is Being Done?

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is improving several bridges at the I-196/US-131 interchange, including replacing the bridge deck on eastbound I-196 over the Grand River.

I-196 will be rebuilt and widened with an additional lane in each direction between Fuller and Maryland avenues. This project also includes rebuilding the eastbound and westbound I-196 bridges over Plymouth Avenue.   

How Traffic Will Be Affected:

Eastbound I-196 will be closed at US-131 through July with traffic detoured north on US-131 to eastbound I-96. Two lanes of westbound I-196 will remain open into downtown Grand Rapids, and one lane of eastbound I-196 will remain open beginning at the Ionia Avenue on ramp near Michigan Street. Lane closures and traffic shifts will be in effect throughout the season and Plymouth Avenue will remain closed under I-196 through November.

Safety Benefits:

Long-term benefits include improvements to vehicle safety and operations, as well as extending the service life of the roadway and bridges.

Contact Us:


Grand Rapids Transportation Service Center 
Phone: 616-464-1800
John Richard, MDOT Communications Representative: Richardj2@Michigan.gov
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