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Whitmer Announces Rebuild of I 196 in Ottawa County Starts in One Week
April 04, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2022
Gov. Whitmer Announces Rebuild of I-196 in Ottawa County Starts in One Week
In 2022, Gov. Whitmer is making the largest investment in state roads and bridges in Michigan’s history
LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Whitmer today announced that construction is set to begin in one week to rebuild a section of I-196 in Ottawa County. Through Governor Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program, the administration is investing $66 million to rebuild seven miles of I-196 from Byron Road in Zeeland to 32nd Avenue in Hudsonville, which sees about 50,000 cars per day. The project is expected to support 838 jobs. Under Governor Whitmer's leadership, Michigan is making the largest investment in state roads and bridges in our state's history this year.
“Across Michigan, we are fixing the damn roads to save motorists time and money. Investments like this in Ottawa County will ensure I-196 is smooth and safe for years to come,” said Governor Whitmer. “My Rebuilding Michigan Plan is implementing long-term solutions for our roads and bridges by fixing them with the right mix and materials, making them much less susceptible to our notorious pothole seasons. Since I took office, Michigan has repaired, rebuilt, or replaced over 13,000 lane miles of road and over 900 bridges, supporting nearly 82,000 jobs. This project to rebuild I-196 between Zeeland and Hudsonville will add to that total and continue and support even more good-paying jobs in these communities.”
This year, westbound I-196 traffic will be shifted to the eastbound side of the roadway while the westbound lanes are rebuilt. Shoulder closures are in effect to allow crews to safely remove trees for culvert work. Lane closures and traffic shifts will begin in mid-April. Work also includes culvert replacement, sewer and drainage improvements, and bridge work. In 2023, both directions of traffic will be shifted to the new westbound side while eastbound I-196 is rebuilt. Westbound I-196 will have two lanes open and eastbound I-196 will be reduced to one lane.
The governor's Rebuilding Michigan program is fixing the damn roads while supporting over 45,000 jobs. The $3.5 billion plan will continue rebuilding state highways and bridges that are critical to the economy and carry the most traffic without an increase at the pump. Rebuilding Michigan seeks long-term road health and improvements to the condition of the state's infrastructure. The program will help Michiganders drive their kids to school, commute to work, run errands, or go up north more safely and smoothly. Investments in roads and bridges also help small businesses get the resources they need, where they need them on time.
For up-to-date traffic information on this project and others throughout the state, go to www.Michigan.gov/Drive.