Major I-75 Construction Set To Begin Friday In Oakland County

March 05, 2019 - 9:17 am

(WWJ) - The second segment of the I-75 modernization project in Oakland County is set to begin Friday, marking the start of a two-year-long project to reconstruct the freeway.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the $224 million, eight-mile project from Coolidge Highway to 13 Mile Road will start this Friday night -- weather permitting. Crews will begin work for a traffic shift that will eventually have all traffic in the southbound lanes.

Initially, construction impacts will begin at 7 p.m. Friday on the southbound lanes from Adams Road to south of 13 Mile Road as crews begin preparations for a traffic shift.

By Saturday morning, around-the-clock lane closures will be in place, with southbound traffic using the right lane and right shoulder as travel lanes. Due to this new configuration, Big Beaver and Rochester roads entrance ramps to southbound I-75, along with the southbound I-75 exit to eastbound 14 Mile Road, will be closed for motorist and construction worker safety. Northbound I-75 will have the left lane closed at Big Beaver Road and north of Coolidge Highway to complete temporary crossover construction.

By late March, it is expected that all traffic will be carried on the southbound side of the freeway. Two lanes will be open in each direction with a temporary concrete barrier separating northbound and southbound traffic. Temporary exits will be maintained for northbound traffic at 14 Mile Road, Rochester Road, Big Beaver Road, and Corporate Drive. A crossover at the Corporate Drive entrance ramp will allow traffic to access northbound I-75 while traffic is shifted onto the southbound lanes.

The construction involves the total reconstruction of the freeway. It comes on the heels of the I-75 modernization project's first segment, which saw extensive work done to freeway lanes and bridges between Coolidge and South Boulevard.

The entire I-75 modernization project involves rebuilding approximately 18 miles of pavement, replacing bridges, adding an HOV lane in each direction, and bringing the freeway up to current design standards from north of 8 Mile Road to South Boulevard.

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