Grandview Parkway / Front Street Construction

Project Overview

What's Happening?

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is embarking on a reconstruction project for a 2-mile section of US-31/M-37/M-72 (Grandview Parkway/Front Street) in Traverse City. This stretch spans from the US-31/M-37/M-72 west junction (Division Street) to just east of Garfield Road. Initial work started Monday, Feb. 26, with pavement removal and detours starting Sunday, March 10.

Where and When?

The project is divided into two segments:

  1. Garfield Avenue to Front Street — March to July 2024
  2. Front Street to Division Street — July to November 2024

Construction on the eastern segment started March 10, with completion is slated before the National Cherry Festival. Work on the western segment follows post-festival.

Who's Affected?

The construction will impact businesses, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and anyone along the designated road section or proposed detour route.

Who's Involved?

  • MDOT is leading the project, ensuring its smooth execution.
  • The City of Traverse City is performing infrastructure upgrades including water and wastewater to coincide with this project.
  • The Tart Trail Eastward expansion will also coincide with this project.

Project Timeline

The project has been in the planning stages for several years.

Impact and Mitigation

Detour Routes

  • During the eastern segment construction, westbound traffic will be redirected via Railroad Avenue and Eighth Street, while eastbound traffic will utilize Peninsula Drive, Eastern Avenue, and Milliken Drive. Northbound and southbound M-37/Garfield Avenue traffic will be detoured on Eastern Avenue, Milliken Drive, Fair Street, and Eighth Street.
  • Expect lane closures and traffic shifts for both directions of traffic during the western segment construction starting in July.

Objectives and Benefits

Why It's Happening

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) aims to achieve operational enhancements at key intersections, including Division Street, Hall Street, Front Street, and Peninsula Drive. Other improvements include drainage enhancements, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance upgrades, repairs to the Murchie Bridge over the Boardman River, and installation of new signs and pavement markings.

Additional Features

  • Adding a pedestrian crossing at Peninsula Drive with an island refuge and wider sidewalks
  • Improving pedestrian crossings at Front Street and Division Street
  • Partnering with TART and the city to extend trails to the east and widen where possible