MDOT to Host Run, Walk, and Bike Event to Celebrate Project US-31

The Michigan Department of Transportation is giving everyone a unique chance to ride in the middle of a freeway when there are no vehicles on it. MDOT spokesman Nick Schirripa tells us there will be a run, walk, and bike event on US-31 next Monday. This is to celebrate the near completion of connecting this freeway to I-94. The run, walk and bike event will begin on US-31 near the Britain Avenue Viaduct.

“There is a loop, about 1.25 miles from the new Britain Avenue bridge on this section of US-31 north to the I-94 interchange,” Schirripa said. “We’re going to give people the option to run, cycle or walk this stretch.”

Schirripa says they are about two months away from completing the connection project. Since there is no traffic on US-31 north of Napier Avenue, why not check out the new freeway?

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

People are asked to exit on the Napier Avenue on-ramp to northbound US-31 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Monday. They will be guided to a place to park and the walk, run and bike event begins at 3 p.m. Only non-motorized bicycles are allowed. The current $121.5 million project began in 2020 and involved the construction of approximately two miles of new freeway connecting US-31 to I-94, as well as extensive support work.

Joseph K. Bennett