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28th Street and Wilson ramps close Thursday

GRANDVILLE - The ramps from 28th Street and Wilson Avenue to eastbound I-196 and the off ramp from eastbound I-196 to westbound M-11 will be closed for a few hours Thursday night.

The resurfacing goes from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

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

MDOT Chicago Drive (M-121) Construction

MDOT Chicago Drive (M-121) Construction

From: http://www.hudsonville.org/

The final phase of MDOT's rehabilitation of Chicago Drive is already underway and is scheduled to continue through November 4th. In addition to roadway surface repairs, the following work will be completed by MDOT:

Hit and run crash kills moped driver

Hit and run crash kills moped driver

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM)- Witnesses say a suspected drunk driver had to know he hit a moped in Walker and was dragging it down the road into Grandville.

They say the wreckage wedged under his vehicle was gouging the road and sending sparks into the air.

"He knew something was under his car," insists Grandville resident Josh Smith. "How could you not know it?" He wonders.

"There were pieces of moped all the way down the road," adds Grandville neighbor Pamela Solden.

Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday,  19-year-old Tony Bloomquist was driving his moped home to Grandville after finishing his shift at  Sonic in Alpine Township.  He was on Wilson Avenue in Walker, about halfway home, when police say he was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Matthew Nawrocki of Grandville.

"I heard the crash," says Brenda Bleyenberg, who lives on Wilson Avenue.

Ramp Closures at I-196 and 28th street

Ramp Closures at I-196 and 28th street

Anyone in the Grandville and Jeinson area after 7pm this week will encounter ramp closures. An alternative is using the Chicago Drive and I-196 interchange.

From MDOT,

Ramp Closure - Map - Mon 5/9/11, 7 PM to Fri 5/13/11, 6 AM
Ramps at the I-196 and M-11 (28th Street) interchange.

Details: Intermittent ramp closures from 7 PM to 6 AM for resurfacing. No more than two ramps will be closed at any one time.  
Detour: Use the ramps at the M-121 (Chicago Drive) interchange.
Work will take place at night
Work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)

As temps heat up, car tops go down. Hard top or Soft top?

As temps heat up, car tops go down.  Hard top or Soft top?

With summer right around the corner and and spring temps on the rise it means the start of one season in West Michigan. No, not boating season. Convertible season! Whether is is 2 seater or 4 seater, roadster or cabriolet, soft top or retractable hard top, it is a top down experience. With all of the different choices out there which one is the best? Hardtop or Soft top?. The answer is well, both. There are pros and cons to both. it really just comes down a a simple decision like choosing your favorite brewed adult beverage, light or dark?  Cloth or vinyl drop tops have been around for years and have been the staple in the marketplace for years. Most of them started out with the wonderful plastic rear window that over time, faded like a bad episode of Jersey Shore. Then soft tops graduated to glass rear windows with a window defroster so you melt the ice and snow and drive your convertible in West Michigan winters.

Hudsonville summer construction

From: http://www.hudsonville.org

Park Avenue and Curtis Street Watermain Replacement and Resurfacing
Park Avenue and Curtis Street will undergo construction this summer to install 1,865 feet of new 8" watermain, and mill and resurface the roads. This work is anticipated to occur between mid June and early August.

32ND Avenue Repaving
The proposed 32nd Ave. repaving project (between New Holland and Chicago Dr.) that was scheduled to occur this summer will be postponed until next summer (2012).

Interview With Jim Bruckbauer of the Michigan Land Use Institute

Interview With Jim Bruckbauer of the Michigan Land Use Institute

On Tuesday, May 3rd, voters in Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Wyoming, Grandville and Walker will vote on a millage to increase service on The Rapid, the area's public transit bus service.  To help voters who may be confused by some of the information I did an interview with Jim Bruckbauer, who works as a transportation policy specialist with the Michigan Land Use Institute

Nick Manes: If you could tell me a little about your position with the Michigan Land Use Institute and why the Institute views the Rapid Yes millage as being important?