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MDOT Lifting Some Traffic Restrictions To Ease Travel Over 4th Of July Weekend

Officials are hoping to ease congestion during the holiday weekend.

July 01, 2019 - 5:16 pm
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(WWJ) -- The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting traffic restrictions on more than 100 road and bridge construction projects this Fourth of July holiday weekend to ease congestion and increase safety as Michiganders take to the roads.

MDOT says it is removing traffic restrictions on 101 of its ongoing 143 projects statewide beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday and continuing until 6 a.m. Monday, July 8. AAA Michigan estimates about 1.7 million people from Michigan are expected to travel during the holiday weekend, a 4.4% increase from 2018. Of that number, officials estimate 1.4 million Michiganders will be hitting the roads to celebrate America's independence.

Drivers will see suspended operations in most MDOT construction zones, but are advised that equipment and some traffic configurations, such as temporary shifts or shoulder closures, may remain in place.

"Now that we're well into both the summer travel and construction seasons, paying full attention in work zones while driving is paramount," State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba said in a press release. "While most work zones will be suspended, there are still areas where we cannot pull back the barrels due to the work in progress. Slow down, stay alert and avoid distractions in all construction zones. Let's make sure everyone makes it home each and every night."

Officials hope the lifted restrictions will make the roads safer during the busy travel period. They are also reminding travelers to always wear seat belts, stay alert and avoid distractions when driving.

MDOT officials released a list of all the construction areas that will see traffic restrictions lifted beginning Wednesday, broken down into different regions across the state:

Metro Detroit

Macomb County 

  • I-696 service drives will have intermittent closures in each direction between I-75 and I-94.

Oakland County 

  • I-75 has two lanes open in each direction between Chrysler Drive and Square Lake Road.
  • I-75 has two lanes open in each direction between Coolidge Road and 13 Mile Road.
  • M-1 has the northbound right lane and right-turn lane closed at Square Lake Road.
  • M-15 (Main Street/Ortonville Road) in Clarkston will be closed in each direction between Depot Road and Miller Road 9 a.m.-noon July 4 for a special event.
  • M-59 has one lane open in each direction between Tipsico Lake Road and Milford Road.
  • M-59/I-75 interchange has the following ramps closed: 
    • Westbound M-59 to southbound I-75.
    • Eastbound M-59 to northbound I-75.
    • Northbound I-75 to westbound M-59.
    • Southbound I-75 to eastbound M-59.

Wayne County 

  • I-75 in Detroit has the northbound and southbound ramps to westbound I-94 closed and detoured. 
  • I-94 in Detroit has traffic shifts in each direction under Brush Street and Second Avenue. Brush Street is closed over I-94 and detoured.
  • I-94 in Detroit has traffic shifts in each direction under Concord Street. Concord Street is closed over I-94 and detoured. 
  • I-94 in Detroit has traffic shifts in each direction under French Street. French Street is closed over I-94 and detoured. The Conner Street ramps to westbound I-94 are also closed and detoured.
  • I-94 in Detroit has the eastbound ramp to northbound M-10 closed and detoured.
  • US-12 will have two lanes open in each direction between Merriman Road and US-24 for pavement repair.
  • US-24 will have two lanes open in each direction between I-96 and Fenkell Road for bridge work.

Follow the Metro Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_MetroDet for full details.

Central Michigan and Thumb

  • I-75, Bay County, will have one lane closed in each direction from south of the M-13 connector to Beaver Road. A moveable barrier wall will keep two northbound lanes open through Saturday evening, then will be moved to allow two southbound lanes to be open for the rest of the weekend.
  • I-475, Genesee County, has the southbound lanes closed from I-75 to Carpenter Road. Northbound I-475 will have one lane closed from I-69 to Carpenter Road, and two lanes closed from Carpenter Road to the north I-75/I-475 junction.
  • M-20 in Midland, Midland County, has one lane open in each direction over the Tittabawassee River.
  • US-10, Clare County, has one lane open in each direction between US-127 and US-10 Business Route.

Follow the Bay Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_Bay for full details.

A full list of lifted traffic restrictions in all regions across the state, including West Michigan, southern Michigan, southwest Michigan, the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula, can be found on the MDOT website.