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Construction leads to lane closures on U.S. 31

Construction leads to lane closures on U.S. 31

Construction begins today on U.S. 31, leading to road closures near Grand Haven and Holland.

Crews contracted by the Michigan Department of Transportation will be removing through-lanes where Warner, Blair and Van Buren streets intersect with the highway.  MDOT says workers will install indirect turn lanes or “Michigan lefts” along the highway to increase safety.  The project also includes upgrading drainage and improving turning space.

As part of the project, crews will be closing one lane in each direction of U.S. 31.  All lanes will be open during weekends.  On weekdays, all lanes of northbound U.S. 31 will be open between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and all lanes of southbound U.S. 31 will be open between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.  Blair and Warner streets will be closed for five to six days, and Van Buren Street will be closed and for approximately three weeks, with a detour using 128th Avenue, New Holland Street and 136th Avenue.

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Cyclists begin 250 mile trek to bring bicycles to those in need

Cyclists begin 250 mile trek to bring bicycles to those in need

The weather is cooperating for four West Michigan cyclists riding 250 miles to ensure all children have bicycles.

Derek Rust and Ben Hyink of Grand Haven and Todd Stelma and Doug Crysler of Rockford began their three-day ride June 20. The journey to Mackinaw City is meant to raise funds and awareness of the non-profit organization, Freedom in Motion. Freedom In Motion volunteers take in donated bicycles, repairing them and redistributing them to those in need.

"Some don’t realize that bikes are more than toys for people who can’t afford the expense of a vehicle" Stelma said.

 Rust adds, "We’ve seen real people with real needs. The bikes we give out make sustainable reliable transportation possible for those who need to get to work, the store or a job interview".

Rust says a donor has agreed to match pledges and donations dollar for dollar, up to $1,500.

Library Summer Reading Programs begin June 11 with Truck Petting Zoo

Library Summer Reading Programs begin June 11 with Truck Petting Zoo

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – Loutit District Library (LDL) staff will kick off their list of summer reading programs with a Truck Petting Zoo on June 11, from 10 a.m. until noon.

This program is free and held in the LDL's Fourth Street parking lot. Kids will have a chance to take an up-close look at trucks and other vehicles used to help keep Grand Haven in good shape. The vehicles on display include a 23 foot Harbor Transit bus, Department of Public Works new Caterpillar backhoe, North Ottawa Community ambulance, police cruiser and fire truck. Attendants will be available to answer questions about their vehicle.

For more information on LDL programs, visit http://www.loutitlibrary.org/ or call (616) 842-5560, ext. 216. 

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan.

AARP Driver Safety Class at Spring Lake District Library

AARP Driver Safety Class at Spring Lake District Library

SPRING LAKE, Mich.--Spring Lake District Library will be offering a two-part AARP Driver Safety Class on Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7.

The classes run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both days. Pre-registration is required as class size is limited. There is a materials fee of $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members payable at the first class. All individuals, regardless of age or AARP membership status, are welcome to take the class. Some auto insurers offer a discount to those who successfully complete the class.

Instructor Paul Prinzing will talk about age-related physical changes and how to adjust your driving to accommodate those changes.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

United Methodist Church of the Dunes Hosting Haiti Bike Ride

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. Cycling enthusiasts are being urged to register now for “Haiti Ride 2013”.

The annual bike ride raises funds to support villagers and residents in the island nation of Haiti, as it continues its rebuilding efforts in the wake of the 2010 quake, three recent hurricanes and cholera epidemic.  United Methodist Church of the Dunes (UMCD), at 717 Sheldon Road in Grand Haven, will serve again as the host site for the bike tour.

Haiti Ride 2013 will be held from Wednesday, June 12 through Saturday, June 15.

Prepare for backups! MDOT releases 2013 project schedule

 

 (Michigan Department of Transportation) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $100 million in the MDOT Grand Region in 2013 to improve 191 route miles of roadway and 25 bridges.

In addition, $93 million of statewide funding is planned for the construction of the new M-231 route and connections in Ottawa County. MDOT's Grand Region transportation system includes all I, US and M routes in the following eight counties: Ionia, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana and Ottawa.

  "There is much to be done and this year’s program strategically addresses maintaining our system and improving operations," said MDOT Region Engineer Roger Safford.

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Saturday Vote!

Celebrate Made In Michigan Products and Cast Your Saturday Vote!

Join us in celebrating Michigan products with the Made in Michigan Bracket Challenge. Click HERE to download the bracket.

Each day we'll have four matchups, one from each bracket, as we go through some of our great Made in Michigan products. If you don't know a product, you may want to search the products name in the search bar on the top of the page and check out a past Made in Michigan feature story that aired earlier.

Also, check our WZZM13 Facebook page starting March 25th for ways that you can win some Made in Michigan merchandise.

A new poll will be posted each day.