Sen. Proos offers free 2012 state highway construction map

LANSING—Southwest Michigan residents planning a spring or summer getaway may pick up a free map to help avoid highway construction areas, said Sen. John Proos.

“With Memorial Day just around the corner and a wide variety of activities available to vacationers in our state, many families are beginning to plan their summer trips in Michigan,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The Paving the Way maps are a useful tool to help you either avoid the orange barrels or plan ahead for the reduced speeds through construction zones. The maps are free of charge and are meant to help ensure your vacation is as safe and enjoyable as possible.”

The annual 2012 state highway construction map, called “Paving the Way,” alerts drivers to major road and bridge projects throughout the state.

Motorists can request a free print map by contacting Proos’ office at (517) 373-6960 or by emailing

“I encourage Southwest Michigan families to pick up one of these maps and use it to help explore our beautiful state this summer,” Proos said. “Michigan’s great outdoors makes for an outstanding summer adventure. To help you make this summer trip one to remember, residents may also ask for a copy of a helpful travel guide at no cost from my office.”

Michigan Travel Ideas magazine is a full-color, 120-page travel guide. Residents may request a copy from Proos’ office or visit to download the guide.

Proos also noted that motorists can get real-time information about lane closures on state highways at The site features current and planned construction projects throughout the state as well as images from traffic cameras in Detroit, Grand Rapids and the Upper Peninsula.