Grandview Parkway in Traverse City to See Construction in 2023

"We’re going to have to get really creative." - Dan Wagner, MDOT

Traverse City’s major highway is up for some major road construction work. Grandview Parkway is on the list for MDOT, and crews will get to work starting in 2023. Grandview Parkway Tc

MDOT says they’re planning a complete reconstruction of Grandview Parkway – grinding up the existing road and starting over. It will mean rerouting traffic and shutting down at least part of the highway for several months, including the summer of 2023. The work will run the length of the Parkway, from Division Street on the west end, along the bay, and all the way to Garfield Road to the east. Traffic adjustments have yet to be determined.

MDOT says they could take a two-week break in July to ease traffic congestion, but the work needs to be done. Dan Wagner is the MDOT Traverse City Service Center Manager. He says, “Our plan right now is that everything there would come out. So it would be a complete reconstruction. Although the geometry will largely stay the same…we just don’t have a lot of room to widen that road or create additional lanes.

Mdot Grandview Parkway Tc“How do you build a road that has 20,000 cars a day driving down it? A lot of commercial traffic. Obviously very heavily traveled corridor. In addition to our road reconstruction the city is also looking to do some utility work – some sewer and water replacement work,” Wagner says.

Detours are still being discussed, as well. Wagner says the design phase is about 30% complete. “The loose thought is to try and build the project essentially in two halves. Where we would attack it from say, East Front Street to Garfield and try to get that work done right out of the gate in spring 2023. And then basically shut the job down, open that up, try and get that done by Cherry Festival time.” Then, after a two-week shutdown, Wagner says, “come back and do the work from that East Front Street intersection to the west and try to get that work done before the weather turns in the fall.” Mdot Roads

Wagner adds that MDOT has already met with local government leaders and has taken input. But some ideas aren’t practical – for physical, geographical, or financial reasons. “We really have a lot of right-of–way restrictions on what we have available to us. Some of the things we’re hearing about: putting a continuous center turn lane all the way to Garfield, or taking sidewalks and making them six or even eight feet wide. We just don’t have the physical geometry to do that. What we have is pretty much what we’re stuck to.”

Most of the details, including detours, are still up in the air. MDOT will hold public hearings as they get closer finalizing some of their proposals.