MDOT orders repair of I-75 construction done last year

By: Tiffany Esshaki | C&G Newspapers | Published October 16, 2018

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Beginning tonight, one lane of Interstate-75 will be closed on the southbound side of the stretch between South Boulevard and Adams Road for repaving work.

No, you’re not crazy. That segment of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s I-75 Modernization Project was indeed finished last summer. But the department is calling on the contractor who completed the work, Dan’s Excavating, to redo 200 feet worth of pavement MDOT says is impacting ride quality.

“It’s been sagging, and soil is on the roadway,” said MDOT Communications Director Jeff Cranson.  “The fact is that this job has not been accepted yet. It’s still going through the quality assurance process when this was found, and they’re fixing it as they need to do. It shouldn’t have failed this early.”

During the repair work, crews will close the southbound lane for one mile at I-75 and South Boulevard to Adams Road beginning Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. The work is expected to be completed by Sunday evening.

“It’s going to be inconvenient, but it’s a 1-mile stretch of lane. My suggestion would be, if you don’t already have an alternate route, give yourself some extra time,” Cranson said.

Virgil Klebba Jr., the Dan’s Excavating project manager for the I-75 Modernization work, could not be reached for comment by press time.

For more information and updates on all of the I-75 work — including segment two of the project, from Coolidge Highway to 13 Mile Road, which began last week in preparation for a traffic shift next summer — visit modernize75.com.

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