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New Fuller Avenue bridge over I-196 is wider and complete
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New Fuller Avenue bridge over I-196 is wider and complete

November 30, 2011 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has opened all lanes and ramps on the new Fuller Avenue bridge at the I-196 interchange in downtown Grand Rapids, on schedule and on budget. The three-stage, $7 million project to replace the bridge originally built in 1963 began last April with traffic maintained throughout construction.

The new structure is considerably wider, with two additional lanes for a total of seven lanes: two through-lanes in each direction, two left-turn lanes to access westbound I-196 and one left-turn lane to access eastbound I-196.

Other improvements include 12-foot-wide sidewalks; enhanced bridge aesthetics; new signs, freeway lighting, and drainage; sidewalk ramps compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act; and upgraded traffic signals. The aesthetics of the new overpass match the five bridges to the west that were replaced during last year's "Fix on I-196" project, which was recently selected by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as one of the Top 10 projects in the 2011 America's Transportation Awards competition.

The new Fuller Avenue bridge will provide better access for commercial vehicles and pedestrians, relieve congestion, support economic development and complete the gateway corridor to downtown Grand Rapids.

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