I-75 exit ramp closed at Holly Rd. for major project

GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT) - A major construction project underway is shutting down an exit ramp in Southern Genesee County.

It may cause some traffic tie ups and headaches for drivers in the short run, but it could solve some major congestion issues in the future.

The project is all about additional access because Holly Rd can become congested for miles as people wait to enter I-75.

"There have been like 12 cars lines up just trying to cross that light over there," says Shayla Hense.

That's the big reason MDOT is investing over $3 million to reconstruct the northbound I-75 ramps at Holly rd.

"I actually live right down the road and its brought a lot of traffic," says Hense. "Personally, I don't think its going to make that much of a difference, it's still going to be just as bad as it was before."

By reconstructing the exit ramps and adding an additional north bound entrance ramp, some say this will be worth all the construction in the long run.

"I think its great," says Cathey Aubin. "The congestion here is terrible in the afternoon and early morning. Dort Highway is going to be bad for a long time, but in the long run it will be great."

With the 4th of July holiday over, things are back to business. The north bound I-75 exit ramp to Holly rd is going to be completely closed to traffic.

"Its just going to make it harder for those of us trying to get to work," says Hense.

The I-75 ramps aren't the only thing seeing those orange barrels. Holly rd traffic is going to be maintained with shoulder and single lane closures.

The ramps will see the project finished up in October.