MDOT kicks off I-75 road and bridge repairs in Auburn Hills

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published May 15, 2019

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AUBURN HILLS — Michigan Department of Transportation crews have begun a bridge and road repair project on Interstate 75 in northern Oakland County that will run through November.

Rob Morosi, a spokesman for MDOT, said the $21 million project — which is entirely in Auburn Hills — includes repairing 21 bridges between South Boulevard and Baldwin Road, and resurfacing 5.5 miles in both directions of I-75 between South Boulevard and Giddings Road.

“The overall goal is to extend the service life of those bridges and smooth out the roadway,” Morosi explained.

But what does the construction mean for traffic?

“At this point in time, we’re not anticipating any complete closures … but traffic will lose a lane pretty much all summer,” Morosi explained.

MDOT Construction Engineer Brian Travis said crews began working May 11.

“Right now, we’re working from Baldwin to Lapeer Road, (and) we’ll stay in that stage until sometime in August,” he said. “Then we’ll switch to the south half of the job, which is south of Lapeer Road down to South Boulevard.”

During active construction, MDOT officials said, two of the three lanes of I-75 will be open in each direction during peak travel times — basically during morning and evening rush-hour traffic Mondays through Fridays.

However, Morosi said both directions of the freeway may be reduced to a single lane on weeknights and at all times on weekends.

“There will also be certain points where traffic will be shifted onto the shoulder so crews can work on the driving surface,” said Morosi.

The ramps at the Chrysler Drive and M-24 (Lapeer Road) interchanges will also be resurfaced as part of the roadwork.

“Those ramps need some attention,” Morosi said.

To accommodate the bridge work, MDOT officials said I-75 ramps and lanes on local roads will be closed at various times. Giddings Road and Featherstone Drive will be closed over I-75 for approximately 30 days on scheduled dates to be determined.

“None of these bridges are in the condition that they need to be replaced,” Morosi said. “However, this is part of an asset management strategy to take a bridge that needs some heavy-duty maintenance to it and extend its life another 15-20 years.”

All work on this $21 million project is expected to be completed in November.   

To learn more about the I-75 road and bridge repairs in Oakland County, visit www.michigan.gov/mdotprojects. For the most up-to-date information regarding daily lane closures, traffic cameras and incidents, visit www.michigan.gov/drive.

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