Pearl Street to close January 17

Here’s a road closing that you might want to keep in mind if you’re planning to drive in the GRCC area this weekend: Pearl Street is scheduled to be closed from Ottawa to Ionia avenues on January 17 so equipment can be lifted to buildings.

The city is suggesting the following detours:

  • eastbound — Ottawa to Fountain to Ionia to Pearl.
  • westbound — Ionia to Lyon to Ottawa to Pearl.

Roads, parking meters to be closed for Carter events


With President Carter’s visit on Monday, parking around GRCC will be very tight as a result of roads and meters being closed for security reasons.

We recommend walking to the Carter events. If you or a member of your group is unable to make that walk, we recommend being dropped off. The student ramps will be full because of the large amount of faculty and staff attending the event, and meters on Lyon Street will be unavailable.

Utility work could snarl traffic for next few weeks

As you may now be aware, there is underground utility work taking place near the Devos Campus. The road closures are affecting Fulton Street and Prospect Avenue. Fulton Street westbound is down to one lane causing significant traffic backups westbound in to downtown from Prospect. Prospect Avenue is completely closed northbound at Fulton Street to just north of the first driveway into the Administration Building parking lot.

Staff and faculty can enter the Administration lot and Sneden staff lot from the driveway off Fulton east of the Admin Bldg (between White Hall and the Admin Bldg). Though traffic back ups will probably make that turn difficult.

You can access the Admin lot via Prospect Avenue from the north, by going around the barricade at Fountain Street traveling southbound on Prospect to the parking lot. Traveling on Prospect could be congested with cars traveling both ways on reduced traffic lanes. If employees park in the Sneden lot you may want to exit via the exit drive at the top of the ramp east of the Mable Engle house … of course that will put you on Fulton.

We have also noticed a delay with the Rapid shuttle buses this morning due to traffic congestion on Fulton Street. We apologize for the late notice; we were not notified by the city of this closure.

Grand Cycling Classic Impact on Traffic Near Campus – 7/28/12

On July 28th the City of Grand Rapids is hosting the Grand Cycling Classic bicycle races in the downtown area. From approximately 7 to 10 in the morning up to 2000 cyclists of all ages will be participating in a Challenge ride. This route will pass through the north end of the GRCC Campus. This is a continual loop route, in which riders will circle the route for up to 2.5 hours.

The portion of the route that will impact our area is Division Avenue southbound to Crescent, up the Crescent Street hill to Bostwick, southbound on Bostwick to Lyon back to Division Avenue. Although there does not appear to be any scheduled activities on campus that day, employees should be aware in case they plan to park in the ramps for the event, or if they will be in the area for some other purpose.

For complete details of the day’s events the website is .  A map of the route is available in this flyer (.pdf).

Traffic Notice – Extensive Work on Division From Leonard to Ann St

Several significant construction projects will affect traffic on Plainfield from Leonard to Ann St. from June 11 through September 7, 2012.  The full details can be found here.

All through traffic will be detoured with access maintained for local businesses and residences.

  • Phase I – North bound detour route will be Coit to Knapp to Plainfield. South bound will be reversed.
  • Phase II – North bound detour route will be Leonard to Lafayette to Plainfield. South bound will be reversed