Will you be traveling this Memorial Day weekend? If so, you will not be alone! AAA predicts that 1.2 million people from Michigan will travel 50 miles or more away from home this weekend. That number would be a 2.5% increase from the 2016 Memorial Day holiday and would be the 5th straight year of growth for Memorial Day travel.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to remove lane restrictions on almost 70% of their road and bridge construction projects across the state. The move is to help holiday travelers avoid traffic delays.

Road construction sign.
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Staring on Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 3 pm, 78 out of 111 projects statewide will have lane restrictions removed. They will remain that way until 6 am Tuesday, May 30th. MDOT reminds drivers that equipment and certain traffic configurations, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures, may remain in place.

In West Michigan work zones that will remain active or have lane restrictions during the Memorial Day weekend include:

- I-196 in Grandville/Georgetown Township, Kent County, will have the westbound ramp to westbound M-121 (Chicago Drive) closed due to local sewer work. Detour posted.

- US-31 Business Route (Colby Road), Muskegon County, is closed between Franklin and Lake streets. Detour posted.

- US-131, Kent County, has a split-merge traffic shift between 14 Mile and 17 Mile roads with two lanes open in each direction (two northbound lanes and one southbound lane on the northbound side, and one southbound lane on the southbound side).

To see the complete list of projects that will remain active, here is the official press release from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

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