All of us in Michigan have complained for years about the neglect of our roads. They have been called some of the worst in the country and we all wished the state would get something done about them. Governor Whitmer even campaigned on the slogan, "Fix the damn roads."

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Be careful what you wish for. Now, even construction is beginning as new road projects have opened up at all points of the compass in West Michigan, Fox17 reports. We're going to see more lane closures and other complete closures, all of which are going to make your commute longer and more painful. Some of them will stretch into multiple years.

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Here are the new projects we have to look forward to:

US-131 between Ann Street and Franklin Street

Double lane closures on US-131 southbound from Ann Street to I-196.
Wednesday, May 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This is one day only!

US-131 between Franklin Street and I-196

Double lane closures of US-131 northbound from Franklin Street to I-196. Monday – Thursday, May 8 – 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Pearl Street 

The ramp will be closed from Pearl Street to US-131 northbound Monday – Thursday, May 8 – 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

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I-96 between 28th Street and Cascade Road.

Technically this is not a new project. The construction zone is expected to shift. While the first two days of work last week affected the entire stretch of highway, the last few days of the week saw lane closures only before and after the Burton Street overpass.

This week and through May 13, lane closures return today, May 2, all the way between Cascade Road and 28th Street in both directions. MDOT hasn't said what comes after May 13. The project continues through October and will eventually include the closure of Burton Street over I-96.

Plainfield Avenue

Plainfield Avenue north of Leonard Street will have water main work in the single block between Leonard Street and Carrier Street beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3; and ending Friday, May 26.


In Zeeland, E. Main Avenue is closed between Fairview Avenue and M-131 Chicago Drive. For access from Zeeland to Chicago Drive, you have to use Washington Avenue. For access to I-196, go south on Fairview Avenue, east on Frontage Road, south on 84th Avenue, and east on Adams Street. Good luck with that.

The Main Avenue closure is scheduled through June 5.

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