Have you ever wanted to
bash those orange barrels? Here's your chance. Michigan Department
of Transportation has invited motorists to take out their frustrations
on the orange barrels Friday, Aug. 9 at the "Beltline Barrel
Bash" in Grand Rapids, MI. The event takes place from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. in the northeast corner of Lowe's parking lot,
in the southwest corner of the M-11/M-37 (28th Street/East Beltline
The Beltline Barrel Bash
marks the official completion of the M-11/M-37 intersection improvements.
MDOT invested $2.8 million to reconstruct and widen the intersection.
This project included the construction of dual left-turn lanes,
curb and gutter improvements, the installation of upgraded traffic
signals and an enclosed drainage system. The intersection was
opened to traffic three weeks ahead of schedule.
The improvements are part
of Gov. John Engler's Build Michigan II plan and TEA-21. According
to MDOT, the improved intersection will better accommodate existing
and future traffic volumes for this busy commercial and commuter