Roadwork Update: 1 Lane Reopens On Southbound I-75 Into Downriver

November 20, 2018 - 2:48 pm

(WWJ) Some good news for Downriver drivers: A single lane of southbound I-96 has reopened south of Detroit. 

After 21 long months of construction, one lane is now open to traffic on southbound I-75, stretching from southbound I-96 to Springwells.

The ramp to Springwells has reopened as well, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.  For the time being, MDOT says, the southbound I-75 service drive will have two lanes open to access the Springwells entrance ramp to southbound I-75; and Fort Street travelers can now access Springwells to re-enter southbound I-75.

Despite this development, backups are still expected in the area -- so plan accordingly.

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In an update last week, MDOT said crews have finished replacing all the concrete on the Rouge River bridge and reconstructing the Goddard Rd. bridge; while work on 11 Downriver bridges is expected to be complete by early December, depending on the weather.

One more piece of the project -- replacing concrete and sewer work between Clark Ave. and Springwells -- is expected to be finished by end of December or early in 2019. 

Bill Erben, the project manager for MDOT, told WWJ Newsradio 950 the new pavement should have a 30 year life span with routine maintenance; while means another longterm closure like this should not been needed anytime soon. 

For the latest from the roads -- including crash and construction updates -- keep your radio tuned to WWJ Newsradio 950 during traffic and weather, every 10 minutes on the 8s. [More on the I-75 Rouge River project]