MDOT To Hold Run, Walk, Bike Event To Celebrate US-31 Project

The Michigan Department of Transportation is offering everyone a unique chance to walk around in the middle of a highway while there are no vehicles on it. MDOT spokesperson Nick Schirripa tells us there will be a run, walk, and bike event on US-31 next Monday. It’s to celebrate the near-completion of that highway’s connection to I-94. The run, walk, and bike event will start on US-31 near the Britain Avenue overpass.

“There’s a loop, about 1.25 miles from the new Britain Avenue bridge over that section of US-31 north to the I-94 interchange,” Schirripa said. “We’re going to give folks a chance to run, bike, or walk that stretch.”

Schirripa says they’re about two months away from having the connection project finished. Since there’s no traffic on US-31 north of Napier Avenue, why not check the new highway out?

“It’s just kind of a fun way to introduce it to the public, introduce it to the community, before we open it to traffic.”

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People are invited to come out to the Napier Avenue onramp to northbound US-31 starting at 2:30 p.m. Monday. They’ll be guided to a place to park, and the walking, running, biking event starts at 3. Only non-motorized bikes are allowed. The current $121.5 million project started in 2020 and has involved building about two miles of new highway connecting US-31 to I-94, along with a lot of support work.