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US-31/M-72 rebuilding project - Traverse City

About this project

MDOT plans to rebuild a 2-mile section of US-31/M-37/M-72 (Grandview Parkway/Front Street) in Traverse City in 2023 and 2024 from the US-31/M-37/M-72 west junction (Division Street) to just east of Garfield Road. This project will result in operational enhancements at the intersections of Division Street, Hall Street, Front Street, and Peninsula Drive, drainage improvements, Americans with Disabilities Act review and upgrades, repairs to the Murchie Bridge over the Boardman River, and new signs and pavement markings. 

Contact Jim Johnson at 231-941-1986 to request accommodation for project construction and detour maps. 


Project details

Schedule
September 2023 - November 2024

Location
Grand Traverse County

Benefits
Increased safety
Increased convenience for road users

Cost
$24.7 million

Contact
Jim Johnson, Engineer
Traverse City TSC
231-941-1986

Traffic impacts

Current plans are to divide the project into two segments:

  1. Garfield Avenue to Front Street - March - July 2024.
  2. Front Street to Division Street - July - November 2024.

Work will begin on the eastern segment in March, as weather allows, with segment completion prior to National Cherry Festival. Westbound traffic will be detoured on Railroad Avenue and Eighth Street; eastbound traffic will be detoured on Peninsula Drive, Eastern Avenue and Milliken Drive. Northbound and southbound M-37/Garfield Avenue traffic will be detoured on Eastern Avenue, Milliken Drive, Fair Street, and Eighth Street.

Following the festival, work will begin on the western segment, with lane closures and traffic shifts for both directions of traffic.

Other travel information

Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA)

Cherry Capital Airport (TVC)

TART Trails

Pedestrian Detour Plans

Maps & detours 

  • Detour

    • Eastbound traffic will be detoured on Peninsula Drive, Eastern Avenue and Milliken Drive.
    • Westbound traffic will be detoured on Railroad Avenue and Eighth Street.
    • Northbound and southbound M-37/Garfield Avenue traffic will be detoured on Eastern Avenue, Milliken Drive, Fair Street, and Eighth Street.

  • Detour

    • Eastbound traffic will remain on US-31/M-72. US-31/M-72 will only be open to eastbound traffic from Grandview Parkway to Garfield Avenue. 
    • Westbound traffic will be detoured on Railroad Avenue and Eighth Street.
  • Detour

    • Commercial traffic will be detoured on South Airport Road and Three Mile Road.

Additional information

MDOT has hosted two online stakeholder meetings and conducted an on-site meeting with Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails, Inc. (TART) and Norte. There is a strong community desire to widen sidewalks, improve pedestrian crossing opportunities and extend/widen the TART Trail. To that end, MDOT is planning to add a pedestrian crossing at Peninsula Drive with an island refuge and slightly wider sidewalks (requires design exception for lane widths); adding a pedestrian crossing and improving geometry at Front Street (coordinating heavily with the city and the city's consultant); improving the pedestrian crossing at Division Street; and partnering with TART and the city to accommodate extending the trail to the east (Sunset Park, Hagerty Center and Senior Center) and widening where possible.

US-31/M-72 presentation

US-31/M-72 frequently asked questions (FAQs)