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Road Construction To Affect Traffic In East Lansing
At MHSAA Boys Basketball Semifinals & Finals

EAST LANSING, Mich. - March 17 - The Michigan Department of Transportation plans lane and ramp closures along U.S. 127 in East Lansing from mid-March to October in 1999, which may cause delays for spectators attending the 1999 MHSAA Boys Basketball Semifinals and Finals at the Breslin Student Events Center, March 25-27.

U.S. 127 will be reduced to one line in both directions from Trowbridge Road to Saginaw Street, affecting the most popular freeway exits used by spectators attending the games.

Here are some suggested alternate routes:

For fans coming to the finals from the South on U.S. 127: The Trowbridge Road Ramp is open, but delays may occur. A suggested alternate route would be to exit at Jolly Road, turn East (left) at the stop sign, going to Collins Road; turn North (left) on Collins, and follow to Harrison Road (next to Forest Akers Golf Course), turning North (left) and taking Harrison to the Breslin Center.

For fans coming from the East on I-96: Exit at Okemos Road (Exit 110) and proceed North (left) to Mt. Hope Avenue, turning West (left) to Harrison Road, and heading North (right) to the Breslin Center.

For fans coming from the West on I-96: Do not take the U.S. 127/I-69 exit on Lansing's Northwest side. Proceed to the I-496 East exit (Exit 95), and follow I-496 through Lansing to the Trowbridge Road Exit. The northbound ramp to U.S. 127/Kalamazoo Street off I-496 is scheduled to be closed.

For fans coming from the Southwest on I-69: Take I-96 West at Lansing to I-496 East (Exit 95) and take I-496 East to the Trowbridge Road Exit.

For fans coming from the Northeast on I-69: Take the Business Loop I-69 exit to East Lansing (Exit 94), and follow Buisness Loop I-69 to Hagadorn Road. Turn South (left) on Hagadorn, and follow to Shaw Lane on campus, turning West (right). Follow Shaw Lane to the Breslin Center.

There are no good alternate routes for fans coming from the North on U.S. 27. All spectators should allow for additional driving time coming to the games.

For additional information, MDOT has set up a construction hotline -- 517/241-3988, or visit the MDOT Web Site .