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Lane closure: EB M-11, March 19-22

Daily (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) right lane closures for utility work will be in place this Monday, March 19 through Thursday, March 22 on eastbound M-11 (28th Street) at Ivanrest Avenue.

The work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)

For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: http://www.michigan.gov/drive

From Hudsonville to Zeeland: All lanes open on Chicago Drive by Nov. 21

From Hudsonville to Zeeland: All lanes open on Chicago Drive by Nov. 21

Early this week, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will complete the $8.5 million investment to reconstruct and rehabilitate M-121 (Chicago Drive) from 37th Avenue in Hudsonville to Main Avenue in Zeeland, Ottawa County. All lanes will open on westbound M-121 today, and all eastbound lanes will open this coming Monday. The remaining work includes paving driveways, installing guardrail and pavement markings and general project clean-up. The project consisted of cold milling and asphalt resurfacing, concrete pavement repairs and shoulder upgrades. In addition, seven intersections were realigned (76th, 72nd, 64th, 56th, 48th, New Holland, and 40th avenues) and Michigan Left turn lanes were added. Other improvements with this project include corridor safety/geometric upgrades, drainage upgrades, and pavement marking upgrades. MDOT will complete bridge repairs on the eastbound M-121 bridge over the Macatawa River in 2012.

The Snow Plow Roadeo

 

The City of Kentwood hosted the 2011 Midwest Michigan Snow Plow Roadeo. This year there were 52 participants that made 26 teams of two.

 

A snow plow Roadeo is a test of driving skills through an obstacle course. Points and time are kept during the course and the team with the highest total is declared the winner.

The obstacle course is laid out with cones and barrels to challenge the driver’s ability to operate a plow truck through stations that simulate maneuvering around parked cars, inside and outside curves, diminishing clearance, offset intersections, serpentine areas, and backing into a loading dock.

 

Our Road Commission participants did very well at the competition.

Fall color tour beginning in Grand Haven

Fall color tour beginning in Grand Haven

The leaves are nearing their peak color in West Michigan.  You don’t have to go far to catch the fall colors.  One beautiful tour starts in Grand Haven and takes you through Grandville, Eastmanville, and Spring Lake.

Color Tour Directions Starting from Grand Haven:

Robbins Rd east to Mercury Dr past Grand River bayous to Riverside Park (becomes Green St, then North Cedar Dr). South on 104th Ave, east on Osborn St (becomes Warner). South on 68th St, east on M-45. South onto 48th St, east on Fillmore (becomes Cottonwood Dr). In Jenison, left on Baldwin, left on Chicago Dr. In Grandville, left on Wilson to M-11/28th St, left onto M-11 northbound. Left on Fennesey St (becomes Luce St, then Linden Dr).

GPS Drivers Teach Bus Safety

GPS Drivers Teach Bus Safety

Ten members of Grandville's Bus Safety Team will be traveling to each elementary school over the next two weeks teaching safety lessons to all K - 2nd grade students. The drivers developed the lessons, which include skits and props, to illustrate the importance of keeping a safe distance from the bus and letting the driver know if a dropped item needs to be retrieved. The feedback on the program has been very positive from both parents and teachers who accompany students on field trips. Since all children will ride the bus at some point, the presentation is especially helpful to those children who walk or are driven to school.

Car fire closes Eastbound I-196 for short time

Car fire closes Eastbound I-196 for short time

A SUV on fire shut down Eastbound I-196 for a short time this morning. Grandville fire arrived to contain and extinguish the fire. The freeway is since re-opened.

I-196 Ramp closure in Grandville-Walker area Tuesday night

I-196 Ramp closure in Grandville-Walker area Tuesday night

News Release:

The off ramp from westbound Interstate 196 to M-11 (28th Street/Wilson Avenue) will close for resurfacing tonight at 8 p.m. to midnight.

 For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: www.michigan.gov/drive.

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