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Eastbound I-96 is closing at Alpine; here are some possible detours

Noah Fromson/WZZM-TV • Apr 19, 2018 at 3:00 PM

WALKER — Starting Friday, April 20, the Michigan Department of Transportation is closing eastbound I-96 in the Grand Rapids area, from Alpine Avenue to the Plainfield Avenue exit.

Those lanes will stay closed from mid-April to mid-June while engineers rework 10 bridges and reconstruct some of the road.

In anticipation, WZZM-TV tested some of the possible detours drivers can take to get back on I-96 after exiting at Alpine.

U.S. 131 to I-196 (MDOT-recommended)

Exit I-96 east at Alpine Avenue

South on Alpine

Left/east on Ann Street

Left/north on Turner Avenue

Ramp to U.S. 131 south

Merge onto I-196 east until it converges with I-96 east

Afternoon run time: 11 minutes, 30 seconds

Alpine-Ann-Plainfield

Exit I-96 east at Alpine Avenue

South on Alpine

Left/east on Ann Street

Left/north on Plainfield Avenue

Merge onto I-96 east ramp

Afternoon run time: 10 minutes

Alpine-Leonard

Exit I-96 east at Alpine Avenue

South on Alpine

Left/east on Leonard Street

Merge onto I-96 east ramp

Afternoon run time: 15 minutes, 30 seconds

MDOT will close the westbound I-96 lanes from Plainfield Avenue to Alpine Avenue in mid-June when the eastbound construction is complete.

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