Virtual public meeting on May 12 for major bridge replacement in Grand Rapids

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                MEDIA CONTACT

May 6, 2022                                                                                         John Richard


                  Monica Monsma




Virtual public meeting on May 12

for major bridge replacement in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will host a Teams live virtual public meeting to discuss the replacement of the eastbound and westbound I-196 bridges over the Grand River and Market Avenue in Grand Rapids.  Attendees will learn how to receive project-specific updates and other traffic information throughout the project.


MDOT staff

Interested residents, commuters, and business owners                      


Thursday, May 12, 2022

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.                                                                                              


Click here to join the meeting on Microsoft Teams 

To join by phone without using Internet, call 248-509-0316.

Conference ID: 812 851 13# 


Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or complete Form 2658 for American Sign Language (ASL) located on the Title VI webpage:,4616,7-151-9621_31783---,00.html. Requests should be made as soon as possible. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodation or an effective alternative, but accommodations may not be guaranteed.

Project information:

This multi-year project to replace the I-196 bridges over the Grand River and Market Avenue begins this October with the closure of eastbound I-196 at Market Avenue. Eastbound I-196 will remain closed through July 2024 and traffic will be detoured to eastbound M-6 to northbound US-131.  The second phase of the project begins in August of 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 over the Grand River and Market Avenue.  The project is scheduled for completion in late 2025.

Public input is being sought to help MDOT recognize and address any public concerns that may result from these projects. Provide your comments and questions using the online comment form  or by e-mailing Monica Monsma at

For up-to-date traffic information on US, M and I routes throughout the state, go to Information will also be shared on social media, in addition to portable message boards.


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