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I-196 Bridge Rebuilding, Grand Rapids

Start: October 2022     End: November 2025

I-196 Kent County Rebuilding Michigan project profile

What Is Being Done
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing approximately $100 million to rebuild the eastbound and westbound I-196 bridges over the Grand River and Market Avenue in Grand Rapids.

How Traffic Will Be Affected
Work begins this October with the closure of eastbound I-196 at Market Avenue. Eastbound I-196 will remain closed through July 2024 with traffic detoured onto eastbound M-6 to northbound US-131. The second phase of the project begins August 2024 with the closure of westbound I-196 at Market Avenue. During this phase, two lanes will be open in each direction on the new eastbound I-196 bridge. 

Safety Benefit
This project will replace the original bridges that were built in the 1960s. The new structures will improve the ride quality and extend the service life of this vital river crossing.

Additional Information
The majority of the funding for this project is made possible by 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. Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 1,270 jobs.  

I-196 Public Meeting Presentation - May 2022

Grand Rapids Transportation Service Center