GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - WZZM 13 tested out alternative driving routes ahead of Saturday's closure of eastbound Michigan 6 between Interstate 196 and Wilson Avenue.
It would typically take a Zeeland driver who was headed to the airport about 27 minutes of commute time on M-6. But, driving Michigan Department of Transportation's official route -- along I-196 through the city -- commuters would add nearly 10 minutes to their drive. That's not factoring in peak rush-hour traffic.
Byron Road to U.S. 131 is also an alternative route, but that will take commuters nearly 40 minutes. You could save a couple of minutes if you cut over on 44th Avenue instead.
The $9 million reconstruction project will last through mid-November. The eastbound lanes will close first on July 8 and reopen in mid-September when the westbound lanes are closed for the same construction project.
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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