Construction begins Friday along I-75 Zilwaukee Bridge - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Construction begins Friday along I-75 Zilwaukee Bridge

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(04/10/14) - For the second straight year, drivers will face longer travel times on Mid-Michigan's busiest highway.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will be finishing up work along the I-75 Zilwaukee Bridge. The work began last summer.

Last year, MDOT completed work on the southbound Lanes of the Z-Bridge. This year, work shifts to the northbound side.

That means, once again, drivers will need to plan for delays and detours on I-75.

It all starts Friday, with single lane closures on I-75 at the South Junction with I-675 at the North Junction.

Crews will do in prep work for the lane shift on Saturday. That construction is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

The M-46 ramp to north 75 will be open during the one-day project, which is expected to be completed by 3 p.m.

Then, Saturday morning, MDOT will shift northbound I-75 traffic to I-675. That will begin the first phase of work for the second year of construction across the bridge.

Crews have a lot of work to get done this weekend.

"This year, we're continuing the work, which includes placing bearings across the bridge, pavement improvements and we're doing a lot to basically make sure that the structure remains save and that it's in good condition in the years to come," said Anita Richardson, of MDOT.

MDOT is asking for your patience as construction season shifts into a higher gear.

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