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Grand River closed to watercraft under I-96 at Billwood Highway in Eaton County Monday

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close a section of the Grand River to watercraft under I-96 at Billwood Highway in Eaton County for beam setting beginning on Monday.

This work is part of a three-year, $44 million investment on I-96 to rebuild the eastbound and westbound I-96 bridges over Billwood Highway, the Grand River, and to perform maintenance on the I-96 bridges over M-99 and Washington Avenue. Most of the work will be completed in 2023 and 2024 with road construction and crossover removal taking place in 2025.

This work is part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state's infrastructure.



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Start date:
8 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 14, 2023

Completion date:
5 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 18, 2023

Signs notifying boaters to avoid the work zone will be placed at upstream and downstream access sites when this work is occurring. Buoy lines will also be in place to prevent boaters from entering the project area. 

Jobs numbers:
Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 532 jobs.

Safety benefit:
This overall project will improve and extend the service life of these structures. Closing roads during this type of work is necessary to provide the safest work area possible for crews and motorists.

I-96 Eaton and Ingham County

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