Major I-75 Construction Set To Begin Sunday In Oakland County

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The Michigan Department of Transportation says work on segment three of the I-75 modernization project in Oakland County will begin on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Initially, construction impacts will begin on the southbound lanes from 11 Mile to 8 Mile roads as crews begin preparations for a multi-year project to rebuild more than five miles of pavement, replace 22 bridges, construct retaining walls and install new drainage infrastructure. 

Starting at 3 p.m. Aug. 11, the right lane of southbound I-75 will be closed from 13 Mile to 8 Mile roads in order for crews to widen the shoulder for an eventual traffic shift. In addition to the single-lane closure, crews will close the following ramps:            - Westbound I-696 ramp to southbound I-75,            - Southbound I-75 exit to 8 Mile Road,            - Southbound I-75 exit to 9 Mile Road,            - 9 Mile Road entrance ramp to southbound I-75. 

Other 2019 work includes the construction of temporary median crossovers, the removal of the Dallas Road overpass above I-75, and work on the northbound service drive.

In 2020, all I-75 traffic will be on the southbound side of the freeway between 11 Mile and 8 Mile roads with two lanes open in each direction separated by a temporary concrete barrier. This will allow for the rebuilding of the northbound lanes from 8 Mile Road to I-696, along with all northbound ramps, retaining walls and portions of the northbound service drive. 

"Based on the complexity and the volume of work, segment three will be constructed in phases," Metro Region Engineer Kimberly Avery said in a statement. "Starting in spring 2020, each phase will be constructed in one year, with winter shutdowns, until fall 2023."

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