The replacement of the Saginaw Road bridge over Grand River has been a pain for drivers and businesses for months.
"It's harder to get to and from this place," said Jeff Vogg of Happy's Pizza. Business is down for the fast food place that isn't the fastest option for customers lately.
"They have only a certain amount of time, so they don't want to battle the traffic as much." Which is forcing Happy's to come up with new promotion ideas: "We're trying to help out people by giving free deliveries when we can."
These are changes everyone has to make for the crumbling bridge to be replaced. M-Dot is telling us, construction is on schedule to end in August, but that still isn't in time to help with the thousands expected to attend common ground concerts in July.
"The visual part of it will make it seem like there's a lot of chaos. There is not a lot of chaos," said Common Ground Spokesperson Malinda Barr.
She admits traffic won't be as easy to deal with as in the last few years, but plans are already in motion to funnel everyone through different roads, and to parking lots.
"We're actually going to be re-utilizing the old city market parking lot to help people to park at a more convenient area," Barr continued. Along with that, the east side lot under the bridge on Shiawasee will be opened.
Keep an eye for extra detour signs to pop up prior to that week.
"Come out early. The gates are going to be open at 5:30 p.m. and we're going to have a lot of new things happening."
Surprise activities you haven't seen in years past; just another way Barr and M-Dot expect to help avoid traffic jams.