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Cascade Rd. and I-96 interchange to be redesigned


GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The busy interchange between I-96 and Cascade Rd. is going to be redesigned and rebuilt, MDOT said Monday.

The project is scheduled to start in late July or early August and be finished by December 2016, and MDOT has an open house scheduled next Monday for the public to learn more about it. MDOT says the project makes safety and operational improvements to the interchange.

MDOT says the current interchange will be replaced with a diverging diamond interchange. Cascade over I-96 will also be made into a divided roadway, with separate bridges for westbound and eastbound traffic. Additionally, Cascade will be resurfaced between Kenmoor Ave. and Forest Hill Ave. Sidewalks are also going to be added along Cascade from Kenmoor to East Paris Ave., and Cascade will get new traffic signals at the freeway ramps.

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Flights east canceled at Ford Airport due to storm


GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM/USA TODAY) - If you are in West Michigan and are hoping to head east this week, good luck.

Delta has canceled all Grand Rapids Ford Airport flights to the east coast as of noon Monday. While at the airport Monday morning, WZZM saw other flights being canceled.

Airlines reacted to a major snowstorm that's expected to wallop parts of the Northeast by cancelling more than 5,200 flights through Wednesday. Of those, at least 3,200 were already announced by Sunday – a day before the storm's first flakes fell along the East Coast.

Nearly every big airline also said they would waive change fees for customers scheduled to fly into dozens of airports the storm's path.

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary with 70 random acts of kindness

My Town Holland: Elzinga & Volkers celebrates 70th anniversary  with 70 random acts of kindness

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Elzinga & Volkers (E&V), a leading provider of construction management services, will celebrate its 70th anniversary by launching a 70 Random Acts of Kindness initiative throughout West Michigan.  

The year-long program will see all employees continuing to give back to the communities that have supported E&V’s growth over the past seven decades.  Team members will venture out into the community with the financial resources to make a difference wherever they feel drawn to help. During the campaign, everyone’s goal will be the same: make a positive impact in the lives of the people they meet. 

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

My Town: Battle of the Buildings energy reduction competition expands for second year

Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan's (USGBCWM) second annual Battle of the Buildings competition. The statewide competition is an expansion of the Battle of the Buildings that started in West Michigan last year.

Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction. The competition is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state of Michigan and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Steelcase, Western Michigan University and Nichols have already committed for the 2015 competition totaling over 3,000,000 sq. feet.

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Funeral services set for Forest Hills teen


ADA, Mich. (WZZM) - Visitation and funeral plans have been announced for a Forest Hills student killed Friday morning when he was hit by a car.

Lucas Vansprange died Friday morning in the accident on Cascade Road. He was hit by a car while crossing the road to meet his school bus. He was a freshman at Forest Hills Central High School.

RELATED: Forest Hills Central student dies after being hit by car

Forest Hills Central student dies after being hit by car


CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Forest Hills Central High School student hit by an SUV Friday morning has died.

Lucas Vansprange, 15, was crossing Cascade Road SE around 7:15 a.m. to catch a school bus. The boy's stepfather dropped him off in the center turn lane in front of the Manchester Hills subdivision and across the street from the Watermark Country Club.

Kent County Sheriff's deputies said Vansprange walked behind his stepfather's vehicle and crossed in front of an SUV; he wearing dark clothing. The district says the school bus was not yet at the stop at the time of the accident and several students waiting for it witnessed the accident.

The SUV driver, a 66-year-old man, was not speeding and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

My Town: Free dance classes and camp scholarship auditions

My Town: Free dance classes and camp scholarship auditions

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 Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp announces two upcoming free dance master classes and summer camp dance scholarship auditions in the Grand Rapids area. The first will take place on Sunday, January 18, from 11:00-12:30 PM, at West Michigan Youth Ballet, 6086 Rippling, in Ada.  The second will occur on Sunday, January 25, from 2:00-3:30 PM, at Michigan Ballet Academy, 1595 Galbraith Avenue SE, in Grand Rapids. Students should arrive 30 minutes early and bring a photo of themselves in first arabesque position. For more information, call Blue Lake at 800-221-3796, or log on to www.bluelake.org