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Delays expected during 7 month 28th Street repair

10:33 PM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
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Kentwood, MI (WZZM) - Starting this month, thousands of people who travel a busy stretch of 28th Street in metro Grand Rapids should expect delays.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is resurfacing or rebuilding about three and a half miles of 28th Street from Breton Avenue to the I-96 Interchange.

"It will cause a lot of delays, but we will keep traffic moving," assures MDOT spokesman John Richard.

MDOT promises at least one lane will be open in each direction during the 7 month project. But it's a congested road with lots of traffic.

"I think it's going to be a difficult commute," worries Rachelle Lohrer at the "Fitness Things" store on 28th Street. "I'm going to avoid 28th Street."

MDOT engineers urge people to find other routes or expect delays.

"Add a little more time to the route and definitely use patience," says Richard.

Crews will resurface 28th Street with asphalt from Breton Avenue to Patterson Avenue.

A complete road rebuild is planned from Patterson to the I-96 interchange.

"The biggest headache for motorists, the biggest traffic impact will be from Patterson to I-96, that full reconstruction," explains Richard.

The work on 28th Street gets started this month and should be finished by November.

"It will be rough for awhile, but if it makes a difference long term , maybe its not a bad thing," sighs 28th Street traveler Kelly Kowalczyk

Wednesday, MDOT engineers will be at the Cascade Library, 2870 Jacksmith Ave., SE  from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. to explain the project and answer questions from the public.

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