TROY (WWJ) - Multiple ramps along I-75 in Oakland County are now closed and will remain shut down through the construction season.
The Michigan Department of transportation said ramps along the southbound side of the freeway -- including both ramps to Big Beaver, Rochester Road and eastbound 14 Mile -- were closed to traffic Friday morning and will remain that way for the duration of the 2019 construction season.
On Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m., two lanes of southbound I-75 traffic will be shifted to the right using the right shoulder as a travel lane. This traffic shift will remain in place through the construction season.
Then starting at 9 a.m. Monday, March 18, crews will begin closing the northbound lanes and ramps for the construction season. The northbound traffic will be shifted over to the southbound lanes. Two lanes will be open in each direction with a temporary concrete barrier separating northbound and southbound traffic. Temporary exits will also be maintained for northbound traffic at 14 Mile Road, Rochester Road, Big Beaver Road and Corporate Drive.
The work was scheduled to begin earlier this month, but weather delayed the start. It's a part of a complete reconstruction project that will go into next year.
The entire I-75 modernization project involves rebuilding approximately 18 miles of pavement, replacing bridges, adding a HOV lane in each direction, and bringing the freeway up to current design standards from north of 8 Mile Road to South Boulevard.