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Grand Rapids considering adding bike lane to Burton Street

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The City of Grand Rapids plans to resurface Burton Street From Division to Eastern Avenues in spring of 2012.

Bike lanes are being proposed along with the conversion of Burton Street from the current four lane section to a a three lane section with a bike path.

There will be a public neighborhood meeting with more details on November 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Ottawa Hills High School, located at 2055 Rosewood Avenue SE.

If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like to voice your concerns or questions, please contact: Steve Hitch, Project Engineer - City Engineering Department (616) 456-3806 or email steve.hitch@grcity.us

You may also contact the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association by calling Kathy W. at (616) 241-2441, opt. 1.

Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

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 Rapids and takes you through Rockford, Cedars Springs and Coopersville.

Color Tour Directions Starting from Grand Rapids

North on East Beltline (M-44), turns into Northland Dr through Rockford to Cedar Springs. West on M-46, south on CR-B35 (Ravenna Rd) through Ravenna to Coopersville. Left on Randall Rd, right on 48th Ave. I-96 east back to Grand Rapids.

There are 25 other color tour routes detailed at the West Michigan Tourism Association web site:

http://www.wmta.org/autumn-color-tours-19/

East Beltline construction causing traffic backups

East Beltline construction causing traffic backups

Lane closures on East Beltline Avenue are causing traffic backups in both directions.  Four miles of the road between I-96 and Lake Eastbrook Boulevard have been under construction since late May.  Crews are repairing concrete joints and upgrading sidewalks with American Disability Act compliant ramps.

The photograph in this article shows the traffic backup today (Saturday) in the southbound lanes.  Construction work is also forcing traffic into one lane in the other direction.  Lanes are closed 9 am to 3 pm and 8 pm to 6 am on weekdays. During the weekends, expect lanes to be closed from 8 pm on Fridays until 6 am on Mondays.

The project is expected to be completed in mid-August.

Ramp closure: SB US-131/Hall Street

Ramp closure: SB US-131/Hall Street

The off ramp from southbound US-131 to Hall Street will be closed for bridge rehabilitation tonight at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow.

Detour: Southbound US-131 to Hall Street will be detoured to the Burton Street off ramp.

For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: www.michigan.gov/drive. Follow MDOT at www.twitter.com/MichiganDOT or www.facebook.com/MichiganDOT.

The Rise of the Cycling City

The Rise of the Cycling City

Bring your bike and bring friends to our June Not Your Average Speaker Series, Cycling City!

A lot of efforts are being made to make Grand Rapids a more "bike friendly" city, including new designated bike lanes, "sharrows," bike trails, mountain biking parks and much more -- and they are beginning to pay off.

But how do we increase the culture of bike riding in Grand Rapids, meaning bicycle commuting, bicycle friendly employers, more biking infrastructure and just more bike riders?

Come find out about these efforts and what you can do Wednesday, June 29 at Wealthy Theatre. We've partnered with BikeFriendlyGR, PedalGR and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition to put on this informative event.

Wednesday, June 29th, 7 - 9 p.m.
Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy St SE

Mass ride leaves Founders Brewery at 6:30 p.m. sharp, if you'd like to join. Bring your noisemaker!

Lane closures: US-131 June 17-19

Lane closures: US-131 June 17-19

Bridge demolition for Hall Street over US-131 A double lane closure for bridge demolition will be in place tonight at 10 p.m. through 7 p.m. Sunday, June 19 on northbound and southbound US-131 at Hall Street.  Northbound US-131 will be closed at Hall Street tomorrow at 8 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 19 and traffic will exit and re-enter US-131 using the Hall Street ramps. Demolition work will take place during the day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Oakdale Street Southeast Closed

Oakdale Street Southeast Closed

Oakdale Street southeast is closed for sewer repair until Thursday afternoon, 6/9/2011.  The closing is just west of Eastern between College Avenue and Paris southeast.  Oakdale is a side street that runs east and west from Kalamazoo southeast to Madison Avenue southeast.   Oakdale is typically heavily traveled throughout the day.