HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - Now that Tulip Time is over, the flowers won't be the only things blossoming along the Lakeshore now, as contractors were waiting until Holland's annual signature event ended before trotting out the orange barrels and beginning work on various road projects in earnest.
The biggest headache will be I-196, as seven-plus miles between Ottogan Street and the US-31 junction south of Holland will be rebuilt to the tune of 15.7 million dollars. Between now and Halloween, both lanes in both directions will get new pavement, the bridges carrying Washington and Lincoln avenues will be reconstructed, and the ramps to and from M-40 are getting a facelift. There will be detours posted at times, and congestion will be the norm rather than the exception.
Work on resurfacing US-31 between Holland and Grand Haven began before the festival, and that's slated to continue for another month or so, while further out, building M-231 over the Grand River continues in Robinson Township. Other local projects will compel motorists to change their routines over the next six months or so.