Traffic shifts, closures ramp up on I-75

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 27, 2019

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North- and southbound traffic on Interstate 75, between Coolidge Highway and 13 Mile Road, was scheduled to shift to the southbound side by the evening rush hour March 27.

The on-ramps from 14 Mile, Rochester and Big Beaver roads and Crooks Road/Corporate Drive to the northbound lanes of the freeway were slated to close — and remain closed — for the duration of the 2019 construction season.

Temporary exits will be maintained for northbound traffic at 14 Mile, Rochester and Big Beaver roads, and Crooks Road/Corporate Drive, according to a March 27 press release from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

A crossover at the Crooks Road/Corporate Drive northbound entrance ramp will allow traffic to access northbound lanes of the freeway while the traffic is shifted to the southbound lanes, the press release states.

The four exit ramps and the crossover entrance will be closed for a limited time during the construction season while crews are working within the vicinity, the release stated.

Rob Morosi, a spokesman for MDOT, said that both directions of I-75 will have two lanes open, separated by a temporary concrete barrier.

This shift will be in place until Thanksgiving, when work on the 8-mile, $224 million segment of the roadway — which includes 18 bridges — is scheduled to be complete.

Both sides of the freeway will be open during the winter months of 2019-2020 until work begins on the southbound lanes and traffic is diverted to the newly constructed northbound lanes in 2020.

The $127 million first phase of the project — the addition of one lane to northbound and southbound I-75 — covered 3 miles of the freeway, between South Boulevard and Coolidge Highway in Bloomfield Township, Auburn Hills and Troy. That began in August 2016. The project’s first phase of construction also replaced five bridges, reconfigured the interchange at Square Lake Road and made improvements to the Adams Road carpool lot.

That work was completed in 2017.

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

Federal funding covers about 80 percent of the costs.

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

Prep work on the third and final phase — from 13 Mile Road to Eight Mile Road — is scheduled to start this fall. The anticipated completion is fall 2023.

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

 

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