GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Michigan transportation officials are holding two virtual public meetings next week to share survey results on, and hear how, the community would reshape U.S. 131 between 28th and Wealthy streets.
The virtual meetings will take place over Zoom from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16.
To join either meeting via phone call, participants will call 929-436-2866.
For the Tuesday meeting, they will then enter the meeting ID, 88331704351, before entering the password, 380552. For the Wednesday meeting, they will then enter the meeting ID, 88979608628, before entering the password, 767119.
At the meeting, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff will detail early results from the ongoing survey in which residents, commuters and business owners can offer input on possible changes to U.S. 131 intended to modernize the interstate, relieve congestion and improve safety, infrastructure, freight access and more.
Some of the options MDOT wants the public to weigh-in on are additional lanes, reconfigured on- and off-ramps, new street connections across the interstate and safer pedestrian crossings.
There will also be a Q&A segment during the Tuesday and Wednesday meetings.
The U.S. 131 corridor through Grand Rapids is the busiest stretch of highway in West Michigan, with about 120,000 drivers each day traveling northbound and southbound.
Input offered at the meetings and on the survey will help shape the ongoing Planning and Environmental Linkages study by MDOT on the stretch of U.S. 131 between 28th and Wealthy, a stretch of the highway just south of the S-curve.
That study, expected to be completed in about a year, helps the planning process for major transportation projects.
The input will also help MDOT officials decide whether commuters simply want U.S. 131 reconstructed or if they want to see it reconfigured as well.
Any potential construction fulfilling the wishes of commuters outlined in the completed study will be a long way off, MDOT officials previously said.
State lawmakers last year dedicated $10 million to reconstruct or reconfigure the Wealthy Street interchange at U.S. 131. So far, those are the only funds pledged to any potential future project.
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