ARENAC COUNTY (WJRT) (4/25/2019) - Trips up north on I-75 will take a longer than normal this summer, as the Michigan Department of Transportation begins a second repaving project.
About 13 miles of the northbound lanes will get a fresh coat of asphalt in Arenac County beginning next week. The work will lead to periodic lane closures and some temporary ramp closures.
This project is in addition to a $30 million project to rebuild 4.2 miles of I-75 between North Union and Beaver roads in Bay County. That project, which also includes bridge rehabilitation and replacement, will continue until the fall.
The $4.1 million Arenac County project involves 13 miles of I-75 from Lincoln Road to the Ogemaw-Arenac county line. All northbound lanes will be open on weekends beginning with Memorial Day at 3 p.m. on Fridays through Sunday nights.
Ramps at two interchanges will be closed next week. The ramps to and from M-33 on northbound I-75 will be closed for one day on Monday for joint repairs. Detours will be posted for both ramps.
On Tuesday, the ramps at Sterling Road will close for about two weeks to accommodate concrete repairs. Motorists using that exit ramp should get off northbound I-75 at M-33 instead while motorists using the entrance ramp should detour to M-61.
Additional ramp closures will occur during the project. MDOT will announce them as they get closer.