MDOT at work: West Michigan sees $100M in road and bridge construction


A construction crew works on I-196. Photo via 

With the condition of the state’s roads and bridges being a key priority for regional businesses, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced it is investing $100 million this summer on infrastructure work across a seven-county region in West Michigan.

Kent County, the most populous county in the region, will get $24 million of that total investment spread over six projects, two of which are already underway in Grand Rapids and will be finished in October.

MDOT is investing $7 million to improve safety and operations along northbound US-131 by connecting the Leonard Street on-ramp to the Ann Street off-ramp.

The state agency also is spending $9 million to reconstruct M-11, or 28th Street, from Patterson Avenue to I-96 and to resurface M-11 from Breton Avenue east to Patterson.

MDOT will soon begin a $5 million four-month project to repair and preserve the eastbound and westbound I-196 bridges over the Grand River near Market Avenue in Grand Rapids.

Work will begin in June on a $1-million project to reconstruct a Clyde Park intersection in Wyoming, which should take until September to complete.

A $2.5 million resurfacing project is in the works for Plainfield Avenue from I-96 to Five Mile Road in Grand Rapids and Plainfield Township. The work will get started in June and be done in August.

MDOT will also spend $500,000 to resurface I-196 from Lane Avenue east to the Grand River. The project will run from July into September.

With other projects set for Ionia, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Ottawa and Oceana counties, MDOT said 191 miles of road and 25 bridges will be improved in the region.

The agency will also build two miles of new roadway and five new bridges this summer.

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