Monthly Permit Parking Impacted by I-196 Project

Overview

Do you have a monthly parking permit for Ionia Ave north of Michigan? This is your guide to maneuvering the detours and changes related to the I-196 construction project. It'll help you find detour routes and understand the road configuration changes.

MDOT’s I-196 project impacts some of our monthly parking customers. This includes those who park in  these locations:

  • North Ionia parking lot
  • Ionia Newberry on-street permit zone

Mobile GR operates these locations. However, the North Ionia lot and parts of the street are on MDOT property. 

Construction Project Details

The construction will begin April 8 and continue to August.

On April 8, the construction permanently closes the connection to Ionia Ave north of I-196. This closure eliminates 30 spaces of on-street permitted parking. Ionia Ave will become a two-way road from I-196 to Fairbanks. This is to maintain the nearby permit parking areas.

Review the I-196 Construction page for more details on this project. 

Driving and Walking Detours for Parking Customer

Review the detour map on how to access parking along Ionia North. Ionia Avenue permanently changes to a two-way street between I-196 and Fairbanks Street. This means monthly parkers can access parking only from Fairbanks Street.

For the first phase of the project, Newberry Street is closed for construction. 

JPG graphic showing detour route for north ionia monthly parkers with Newberry closed

Tips for North Ionia Parking Lot Customers


Plan Ahead

With the detours and construction traffic, plan more time for your daily commute. You have access to parking. However, you may experience delays throughout the project related to construction traffic. If there are any prolonged access issues, we plan to email you as soon as we know. 


Parking Management Changes

MDOT allows us to use its property to operate the North Ionia parking lot. It has requested access to the parking lot for the length of the project. MDOT has agreed to allow access to our monthly parking customers. However, it has requested that the lot gates remain open so construction vehicles can get in and out.

Because the gate is open, we’re temporarily changing how we manage parking. Instead of access cards, we're verifying your permit with your license plate number. This change ensures we can tell who has a permit and ticket those who don't. 


North Ionia Temporary Permit Information

We’ve temporarily changed how we manage parking in the North Ionia parking lot due to the construction project. During the project, we’re using your license plate number to verify your permit is for North Ionia. If you’re using a different car for a day or a week, complete the form below to update your permit status. Think of your license plate number as your permit.

If you haven't already, complete the North Ionia Temporary Permit Information form. Submit this by Wednesday, April 3 so we can get you vehicle and contact information in our system. We know this project started around spring break. If you’re reading this after April 3, please complete the form as soon as you can.

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Parking Access Card

Keep your parking access card in a safe place because you need it again when the project is complete. You are responsible for the $10 replacement fee if you lose your card.

Tips for Ionia Newberry On-Street Permit Zone Customers

Plan Ahead

With the detours and construction traffic, plan more time for your daily commute. You have access to parking. However, you may experience delays throughout the project related to construction traffic. If there are any prolonged access issues, we plan to email you as soon as we know.

There is a walking detour to the north. We recommend you park farther north toward Fairbanks and Mason streets. The on-street permit zone extends to Mason Street.


On-Street Parking Zone Changes

The project eliminates 30 on-street permit spaces. These spaces are north of Michigan Street. There are still plenty of spaces in the permit zone for all of our monthly parkers.