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U.S. 31 paving begins next week, intersection closures start soon

The Holland Sentinel • Jun 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM

HOLLAND — Paving of southbound U.S. 31 in the Holland area will begin next week.

The $24 million project to reconstruct and expand the highway is going well and is on schedule, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. All the road's traffic has been diverted onto the northbound side, while crews work on the southbound section.

Paving for everything on southbound is expected to take 4-6 weeks. It will begin near James Street and head north.

Lane closures will remain in place along side streets at Riley, Felch and James streets for the next few days. Those should reopen late this week or early next week, but will close again when MDOT begins closing full intersections.

Those closures likely will start the week of Monday, June 27, when the western approach at James Street will close for crews to finish up work at the intersection. More intersection closures will continue north to Felch, Riley and Quincy streets, before finishing at Eighth Street.

An MDOT spokesman added that closure dates for the intersection are tentative and highly dependent on the weather and progress of other aspects of the project.

Detours will be set up around each intersection.

A full map of all the detours may be found online at MDOT’s website.

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