Almost done: I-69 eastbound lanes switching to new pavement this week

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FLINT TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (10/29/2018) - Traffic could be a little messier on eastbound I-69 this week, but it's for a good cause.

The eastbound lanes will be shifting back to their side of the freeway onto the newly rebuilt stretch between I-75 and I-475. That means the heaviest construction on the $34 million project is nearly over.

The shift back to the eastbound is scheduled to begin around 9 a.m. Thursday depending on the weather. Traffic should be back to its normal configuration by 3 p.m.

During the changeover, the northbound and southbound I-75 ramps to eastbound I-69 will be closed. That traffic will be detoured to westbound I-69 to Bristol Road, then allowed to get on eastbound I-69 from there.

Motorists on the two-mile stretch of freeway have been traveling on a single side separated by a temporary barrier since March while the Michigan Department of Transportation rebuilt both sides.

More work remains on the project, which likely won't be completed until the middle of December. The project was supposed to be done in November, but a three-week labor dispute halted work in August.