A quick note to any of our guests staying at the Courtyard Marriott, where we had booked a block of rooms. The hotel has sent us this very helpful email about construction in this area of downtown Grand Rapids:
There has been a recent change to a construction project currently on Fulton that is now completely closing the intersection at Monroe, and the exit from our parking garage. We expected to have at least a single lane open through this phase, but that is no longer accurate.
We will be offering discounted Valet Parking at the “self parking” rate of $11 per night. All your guests have to do is get here, and we’ll make sure their vehicles are parked, and most importantly, retrieved (and navigated through the construction) when they are ready to leave.
If you have guests traveling into town (north or south) via I-131, please inform them the easiest route for them would be to take the “Pearl St.” exit off of 131. The will turn East onto Pearl and south onto Campau (which is directly across from the Amway Grand Plaza Main Entrance). Campau will go south for 1 block and curve to the left, with the entrance to our circle drive immediately on the right as the road curves.
For guests traveling (east or west) via I-196, they will be best off coming all the way into the downtown area before exiting the express way at Ottawa. They can take Michigan Ave West to Monroe, and Monroe South until they hit the road barricade. Our building is on the Right.
Monroe (Market Avenue) south of our building is closed for a few blocks, as well as Fulton running east/west along the side of our building. So even the guests who are familiar with downtown may need a little help getting around next couple weeks.
If you need assistance with any additional directions please feel free to contact our Front Desk staff 24 hours a day at 616.242.6000.
This is part of the major project that shuts down parts of Fulton Street, one of downtown Grand Rapids’ major streets, for a few months. From May 12-30, Fulton is slated to close between the Grand River and just east of the Ottawa Avenue intersection for resurfacing work, according to MLive.com.
(Image credit: Via Flickr Creative Commons, BookMama’s photostream.)