MDOT starts $44 million project to rebuild or resurface nearly all of I-475

GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (8/28/2018) - A new project will repair about 18 miles of I-475 in Genesee County, as the Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $44 million for the resurfacing.

Preparation work is underway and drivers will be seeing lane and shoulder closures along both northbound and southbound I-475. Shoulder closures also are in place along Saginaw Road in Mt. Morris, as those ramps will be redesigned.

The project features a full rebuild of a three-mile stretch between Carpenter and Clio roads.

The northbound and southbound side will see work, but the northbound side will get the most attention with a new pavement designed to last 50 years -- the same used on the I-69 project in Flint Township this year.

While most projects expand roadways, this project actually will reduce lanes on I-475 from three lanes to two lanes from Saginaw to Carpenter roads.

Only preparation work is planned for this year. The heaviest construction will take place in 2019, so no major closures are in store for a while.

But MDOT warns slow downs should be expected for the next few months.