By Andrew Nemeth
Grand Rapids is beginning a $1.87 million project to reconstruct the area on Ionia Avenue from Michigan Street to the westbound on-ramp to I-196.
Construction begins Monday, April 8 and is expected to end sometime in July. Ionia Avenue will be closed from Michigan Street to the North Ionia parking lot for the entirety of the project. The eastbound on-ramp will be closed until late April. Division Avenue will be closed from Michigan Street to the I-196 on-ramp beginning in June.
With the project, city officials released a set of detours for the relevant closed areas. Those headed north on Division Avenue should take a left onto Crescent Street, then a right onto Ionia Avenue, followed by a left onto Michigan Street, a right onto Monroe Avenue and finally a right onto Mason Street which connects back to Division Avenue.
Traffic on Ionia headed onto the highway will also have to follow detours for the extent of the project. Those headed east are directed onto Michigan Street to the College Avenue on-ramp.
Those headed west are expected to follow a detour taking Michigan Street down to Lane Avenue, and take a right in order to reach the second street on-ramp.
Maps that show the detours for each closing can be found on the city of Grand Rapids website here.
The project brings major changes to the area, converting Ionia Avenue to a two-way street north of the on-ramp to Fairview Street, and removing street parking on the west side of Ionia for the same stretch of road.
All street parking between Michigan Street and the westbound ramp will also be removed. The changes will also give access to the westbound on-ramp for those on Division Avenue.