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Zipper merge in effect for I-96 work in eastern Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $2.5 million to improve approximately 8 miles of I-96 from Whitneyville Avenue to the Kent/Ionia county line. Work includes full-depth concrete pavement repairs and shoulder resurfacing.  



Closest city:
Grand Rapids

Start date:
Monday, Aug. 7, 2023

Estimated end date:
Late November 2023

Traffic restrictions:
Lane closures and traffic shifts will be in effect on eastbound I-96 between M-6 and the Kent/Ionia county line Sunday evening through Friday morning. Westbound I-96 lane closures and shifts will be in effect Monday evening through Friday morning.

This work zone will utilize the zipper merge. When traffic is heavy, motorists should use both open lanes and take turns merging into one lane at the signed merge point.

Jobs numbers:
Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support about 30 jobs.

Safety benefit:
This project will provide a better ride and extend the service life of the roadway.

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