Independence from orange barrels this holiday weekend


A construction crew works on I-196. Photo via 

The Michigan Department of Transportation hopes to make travelers’ lives a little easier this Independence Day holiday. It plans to suspend road construction on 118 of the 162 projects currently in progress across the state.

The hiatus will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, and continue until 6 a.m., Monday, July 8.

“MDOT knows the Fourth of July is a great time of year for motorists from all over to enjoy Pure Michigan,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “While most MDOT work zones will be inactive for the holiday, there are still areas that must have lane restrictions kept in place. We urge all motorists to drive with caution through work zones. Be sure to plan ahead, buckle up, and put the cell phone away while driving so everyone gets to their destination — and back home — safely.”

Approximately 1.4 million Michigan residents are expected to be traveling during the holiday weekend, according to AAA Michigan.

Motorists also are encouraged to regularly check MDOT’s popular Mi Drive traffic website for traffic incident alerts, live traffic web cams, and additional construction information. The public also is reminded to update GPS devices if traveling through Port Huron as the ramps to Canada and the city have changed. More information can be found on the MDOT #MetroMerge blog.

West Michigan work zones that will have active lane restrictions in place during the holiday weekend include:

  • I-96 in Crockery Township, Ottawa County, has one lane open in each direction with a traffic shift. Ramp closures include the eastbound M-104 ramp to eastbound I-96; the westbound I-96 exit ramp to M-104 in Nunica; and the eastbound I-96 exit ramp to Cleveland Street (Nunica exit).
  • I-96, Ionia County, has two lanes open in each direction over the Portland Trail, with traffic shifted.
  • M-11 (28th Street) in Kentwood/Cascade Township, Kent County, has one lane open in each direction with traffic shifted between Patterson Avenue and I-96.
  • US-131 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, has two northbound lanes open from I-196 to Ann Street, and all southbound lanes open. The eastbound I-196 ramp to northbound US-131 is closed, as is the Leonard Street/Scribner Avenue ramp to northbound US-131.

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