FLINT (WJRT) (3/7/2018) - Finally.
Quite possibly the worst stretch of freeway in Mid-Michigan will be completely reconstructed beginning next week.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to begin a $34 million project to rebuild both directions of I-69 between Ballenger Highway just east of I-75 to Fenton Road just west of I-475.
Two lanes of traffic will be open in each direction throughout the two-mile project, which won't be complete until November depending on weather.
The new roadway will be designed to last at least 30 years.
A variety of ramp and lane closures are scheduled to begin Monday and last through Friday while crews get set up. That will include ramps to and from I-75.
By the end of next week, traffic in both directions will shifted to the eastbound lanes and full reconstruction will begin on the westbound lanes. Traffic will shift to the westbound side sometime in July for reconstruction of the eastbound side.
The westbound interchange at Hammerberg Road will be closed until July, when the traffic shift takes place. Then the interchange will close to eastbound traffic.
Monday and Tuesday:
-- The northbound and southbound I-75 ramps to eastbound I-69 will be closed and detoured.
-- Eastbound I-69 will have one lane open, while the Hammerberg Road ramp to eastbound I-69 will be closed through 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Friday and Saturday:
-- Westbound I-69 will have one lane open.
-- The westbound I-69 exit ramps to I-75 and Saginaw Street (West 8th Street) will be closed through 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17; the exit ramp to Hammerberg Road will be closed through July.
-- By 5 p.m. Saturday all westbound traffic is expected to be shifted to the eastbound roadway; westbound I-69 reconstruction will begin.