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A Fork in the Road

The construction plans for Grandview Parkway that will take place throughout the busy tourism season

  The Grandview Parkway is a very busy road that people use on a daily basis. It was recently announced that it’ll be closed in order to get redone. They are doing half and half, which means one part of the road will be closed completely but the other part will be able to be traveled on. The Michigan Department of Transportation stated that the start date was Feb. 26. The detour started on March 10, beginning at 6 p.m. Starting on Sunday, March 10, US-31 and M-72 will be closed between Garfield Avenue and Peninsula Drive, as well as M-37 from US-31 to Peninsula Drive and the two eastbound lanes of US-31 from Front Street to Peninsula Drive ( 

  The purpose of redoing the parkway is to upgrade the sidewalks and ramps, improve the storm sewer and repair the Murchie Bridge over the Boardman River. In addition to this, Traverse City is also investing $3.5 million in order to replace underground water and wastewater utilities. 

  This project is planned to be completed in two segments. In segment one, Garfield Avenue to Front Street will be closed from March to July. In segment two, Front Street and Division Street will be closed from July to November. They will pause their work for the National Cherry Festival so people will be able to get around more easily as it is a very busy time of year. 

  Since this temporary change could possibly affect certain businesses economically. In spite of the fact that this is a very invasive project, it should last until late November. 

  As a heads up for the occasion when drivers may be traveling to work or school, this will affect certain intersections that are frequently traveled and it will increase traffic in more places than just the Grandview Parkway. If this project will be invasive to one’s everyday commute(s), then it is recommended to think of alternative routes.

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Riley Makowski
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Riley Makowski is a sophomore in her first year of newspaper. She decided to take this class because she wanted to try something new. Riley is currently a reporter, working on fun stories for the school to read in the school newspaper and website. Outside of school, she loves hanging out with her friends, family, and her pets.

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