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Grand River Avenue is going on a road diet

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More bike lanes are coming to the city and another one of our very wide roads will be going on a diet.

MDOT is hosting an open house for the public to give an overview on what’s to come for Grand River Avenue from Cass Avenue to I-94. This will start right around the bus station and Beacon Park, past the arena district and Motor City Casino, along Woodbridge, and past True North.

Grand River is currently being resurfaced, so the protected bike lanes should go into effect fairly soon. The road will go from seven lanes of traffic down to five, with bike lanes and some parking.

The open house will be held Thursday, August 10 from 5-7 p.m. at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, 3111 Grand River Ave. More information can be found here.

Also to notice on Cass, new bike lanes and bike boxes, a first for the city, are in the process of being painted. This gives cyclists a designated place to stop and turn left onto another street or simply wait for a green light to go straight through. Motorists are to stop behind the bike boxes at red lights. The bike boxes and lanes are bright green, much clearer than other bike lanes in the city.