Detour ahead!

Traffic shifts on I-96 will be in place later this week as construction begins on the interchange for the new M-231 highway.
Tribune Staff
Feb 13, 2013


Weather permitting, westbound I-96 will be limited to one lane while workers install pavement markings from 112th Avenue to Apple Avenue near Nunica.

Eastbound I-96 traffic will be crossed over to the westbound lanes next week. Vehicles will be separated by a concrete barrier wall.

The ramps from I-96 to M-104 will be closed and traffic will be detoured similar to what was set up last summer using 112th Avenue.

This portion of the project includes constructing two new bridges: one each for eastbound and westbound I-96 over the new M-231 on-ramp to westbound I-96. Three other bridges will be repaired: Apple Drive over I-96, and eastbound and westbound I-96 over M-104 (Cleveland Street).

Work on the M-231/I-96 interchange is expected to be completed by November. On the docket are two new bridges, additional bridge repairs, and the construction of the M-231 on-ramp to westbound I-96 and the eastbound I-96 off-ramp to M-231.

The $200 million M-231 project will also include U.S. 31 improvements from Franklin Avenue to Jackson Street in Grand Haven, and north of Holland, according to Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman John Richard.

M-231 will connect I-96 with M-45, and is expected to be completed and open to traffic by 2016. The road will not be opened until the entire stretch is completed, the state transportation agency said.

During the upcoming months, 1.4 miles of M-231 will be constructed, including two new bridges to carry M-231 over the Grand River and Little Robinson Creek in Crockery and Robinson townships.

The 3,700-foot bridge will be the sixth longest in the state and only the third Grand River crossing in Ottawa County.


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