GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (3/1/2019) - Motorists beware: Orange barrels will be populating a Genesee County freeway again beginning in 10 days.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to begin its $44 million reconstruction and rehabilitation project on I-475 on March 11. The project will lead to lane closures all summer and touch the entire 18-mile freeway.
The biggest part of the project is a complete rebuild of three miles of freeway from Clio Road to Saginaw Street, including a road diet reducing it from three lanes to two between Saginaw Street and Carpenter Road.
Beginning March 11, northbound I-475 will be reduced to one lane from Carpenter to Clio roads. Additional lane closures will be in place under the freeway at Saginaw and Detroit streets.
Southbound I-475 will be closed at the north junction with I-75 in Mt. Morris Township and detoured down I-75 to eastbound I-69. Motorists can get back on I-475 south of I-69.
Intermittent single lane closures may begin along both directions of I-475 between I-69 and the south junction with I-75 in Grand Blanc Township while crews replace all the road signs.
Later this summer, MDOT will redesign the the Saginaw Street interchange on I-475 to remove two loop ramps. Other bridge and ramp repairs will happen at Detroit Street and Saginaw Street.
The standalone pedestrian bridges over I-475 north and south of Saginaw Street also will be removed.
Pavement rehabilitation work will take place along the rest of the freeway south of Saginaw Street into Grand Blanc Township.
The entire $44 million project is slated to last until next fall. All of the work is dependent on the weather.