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Lane closure on S-curve expected through Oct. 15; EB I-196 over Grand River to open soon

Bottleneck traffic on the S-curve during peak hours will likely remain in place through Oct. 15 as crews continue construction.
Credit: WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — While commuters can celebrate the planned reopening of eastbound I-196 over the Grand River later this month, Michigan Department of Transportation Officials said the S-curve lane closure will remain through October. 

Construction crews are installing new signs and pouring new concrete foundations throughout Kent County. 

As part of that work, US-131 on the S-curve has lane closures that are expected to be in place through Oct. 15. 

MDOT said the US-131 median is narrow and is peppered with buried utilities.

Crews damaged a storm sewer pipe, so instead of drilled shaft foundations, workers are now having to spread the footing foundations. 

This has added to the time, the material used, and the cost of the project. 

MDOT said the S-curve lane closure was never supposed to be in place until the eastbound I-196 bridge over the Grand River reopened. 

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