I-75 construction begins in Genesee, Saginaw counties
MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -
(05/19/14) - It's the busiest highway in Mid-Michigan, but drivers using I-75 in both Saginaw and Genesee Counties may encounter some slowdowns this week.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is working to finish some major construction projects.
There are two major projects to tell you about.
MDOT is preparing for its first traffic shift of the season along I-75 in Saginaw County, as part of the two year project centered around the Zilwaukee Bridge.
It begins Tuesday at 8 p.m.
MDOT is in stage two of the project. They're working on Northbound I-75 roadway as well as the Zilwaukee Bridge Northbound.
There will be three lanes open on Northbound I-75 to accommodate Memorial Day Traffic.
On Sunday-Tuesday, three lanes will be open on Southbound I-75 over the bridge. If you're heading north on I-75, you will have to take I-675 as a detour.
That flips on Wednesday-Sunday, when the northbound traffic stays on I-75 and the southbound traffic has to use the I-675 detour.
The idea is to keep the heavier traffic on I-75. MDOT is asking for patience as it works to complete this project.
In Genesee County, the detour signs went up on Sunday. If all goes as planned, they'll come down just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.
"I was just coming back from working in Detroit yesterday and I-75 was closed off, I had to take 475 to get home and it kind of changed my route up a little bit," said Tunde Olaniran, a driver.
These changes in Genesee County may affect drivers until at least Thursday.
Crews closed the northbound lanes of I-75 at the junction with I-475 in Grand Blanc Township. Drivers will have to use I-475 and I -69 as detours.
It's a detour one driver called frustrating.
"I think it's a mess, I think they could have rerouted it better, I mean I got a brand new car, I mean, the way they paved it or tarred it, it's completely a mess," said Amanda Clemenshaw.
MDOT says the $13 million project includes resurfacing 19 miles of I-75 and fix elevation problems under 475.
While some drivers don't like the idea of construction, others have a slightly different way of looking at things.
"I'm OK with it. I know it can be, when you have unexpected delays it can mess up people's schedules. For me, I do wish, I wish there was a more logical way to pay for it and have a schedule that didn't inconvenience you as much," Olaniran said.
MDOT says the project in Genesee County is moving along very smoothly.
And at this point, they expect to pull back the orange barrels on Thursday.