All lanes open on I-75 from Coolidge to 13 Mile

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 14, 2018

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Crews wrapped up preliminary work on segment two of the Interstate 75 modernization project — spanning from Coolidge Highway to 13 Mile Road — Dec. 14, one day ahead of schedule.

Rob Morosi, the spokesman for the Michigan Department of Transportation, said via email Dec. 14 that all three lanes of that stretch of highway are open.

“The contractor had until Dec. 15 to complete the preliminary work,” Morosi said.

MDOT awarded the $224 million second phase of the Interstate 75 modernization project to Walsh-Toebe Construction.

Federal funding covers about 80 percent of the costs.

Segment two involves reconstructing over 8 miles of pavement, upgrading drainage, and constructing noise walls and high-occupancy traffic lanes.

That stretch of freeway carries 174,000 vehicles per day.

Preliminary work included shoulder strengthening and constructing median crossovers for a 2019 traffic shift.

“As of now, early March is the expected time that work will resume,” Morosi said.

Preliminary work included widening and paving the shoulders of Interstate 75 for an eventual traffic shift in 2019, putting all traffic on the southbound side of the freeway, with two lanes open in each direction.

That will switch in 2020, when that segment is slated to finish.

In addition, crews constructed median crossovers at Corporate Drive and 14 Mile, Big Beaver and Rochester roads to provide northbound traffic access to those local roads for much of the time during 2019 construction.

The third and final phase will be from 13 Mile Road to Eight Mile Road.

The anticipated completion is in fall 2023.

For updates on the construction project, visit www.modernize75.com.

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