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13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

13OYS - Tell us about the potholes in your neighborhood

As the winter turns to spring, more and more potholes start to appear throughout West Michigan. We would like you to tell us where the worst potholes can be found.

If you've come across a really bad pothole in your neighborhood, please leave a comment below to let us know where we can find it.

Also, if you can safely get a photo, email those to pics@wzzm13.com along with your name, phone number, and location where the photo was taken.

As comments and photos come in, WZZM13 will publicize the worst of the worst in an effort to get them fixed as quickly as possible.

People I've met while riding The Rapid

People I've met while riding The Rapid

by Gwendolyn Nathan

As a regular rider on The Rapid, I've met many interesting people and even learned a few lessons.

I ride The Rapid to go back and forth to work and to run small errands. Central Station is conveniently located near downtown Grand Rapids. Route information, scheduling and connections are easily accessible and the bus drivers are friendly and willing to help you if you need to know how and where to connect while you ride.   

Since I’ve been riding The Rapid, I started watching people's faces, wondering about their destinations. I began to read what I saw in different faces.  

The Transportation Odyssey is Coming

The Transportation Odyssey is Coming

Across the state, people are focusing on transportation initiatives to help move Michigan toward a vibrant, connected future.

To accelerate that conversation, Transportation for Michigan will host the Michigan Transportation Odyssey, in which participants set off on a three-day voyage from Detroit Metro Airport, to Kalamazoo, to Grand Rapids and to Traverse City using only Michigan’s transit systems and statewide passenger train service. The Transportation Odyssey gets under way on Wednesday, March 21, and will arrive in Grand Rapids on March 22.

Join advocates from around the region and Mayor George Heartwell as we welcome the Michigan Transportation Odyssey to Grand Rapids at our March speaker series event at The Rapid's Central Station downtown.

We’ll explore the connection between passenger rail, transit and...

GR City Commission Appoints Sustainable Streets Task Force

GR City Commission Appoints Sustainable Streets Task Force

The Grand Rapids City Commission appointed business, neighborhood and community leaders to the Sustainable Streets Task Force today to identify solutions for the City's street crisis. The Transformation Advisors - a citizens group appointed last year by the City Commission to look at the City's entire budget - recommended to the City Commission that a task force be appointed. The Transformation Advisors report, released last year (2/22/11) stated: "Deferred investment and disinvestment in our physical infrastructure cannot continue. Investment is necessary to prevent deterioration of our infrastructure, encourage economic development activities, and position our citizens and city for the future." The City's Transformation Investment Plan envisions utilizing the work of the newly appointed Sustainable Streets Task Force to develop investment recommendations for the community and city leaders.

A slow commute this morning

A slow commute this morning

Streets, ramps and freeways were snow packed this morning. Motorists kept their speed down during the morning commute. I only saw one accident on I-96 during my commute around 7:45 this morning. It was a two-car accident on eastbound I-96 near the Plainfield exit.

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

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.

Ramps open: Fuller Avenue/I-196

Ramps open: Fuller Avenue/I-196

Four lanes are now open to traffic on Fuller Avenue over Interstate 196: A through-lane in each direction and a left-turn lane in each direction. All ramps and ramp movements are now open. All lanes are expected to be open by November 11.

The work is weather dependent (no rain, cold temps, etc.)

For up-to-date information on this project and others, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: www.michigan.gov/drive