GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - The long awaited, dreaded by many, reconstruction of M-6 is about to get underway.
“It needs to be done because it is pretty torn apart,” says nearby resident Jennifer Swieringa. “But the traffic impact and the commute impact is going to be pretty significant.”
Work to rebuild and repave nearly four miles of the highway between Wilson Avenue and Interstate 196 is scheduled to start Saturday, July 8.
M-Dot says they will keep traffic moving in one direction during the project. Thousands of vehicles travel on that section of highway everyday. Many drivers say they are already calculating the extra time it will take to reach their destinations.
“We are going to have to reroute,” explains commuter Bill Davidson. “There is going to be an increase in traffic. It is just going to be a headache getting around town.”
“The local routes are going to be jam packed,” says Swieringa.
Construction crews are replacing the crumbling concrete pavement with asphalt. They say they expect to complete the work by early November.
“I quit taking M-6 several months ago,” says Amy Chaney, who works at a nearby business. “The condition is just too poor and it felt like it was wearing out my car.”
If you're looking for more detailed information regarding state construction, check out MDOT's 2017 road repair projects map.
The most up-to-date construction information for state roads is also available on the MiDrive traffic website at www.michigan.gov/drive.
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