Dow permanently closing busy stretch of Saginaw Road this month

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MIDLAND (WJRT) (10/10/2018) - Drivers passing through Dow's Midland Operations will have to find a new route beginning Oct. 22.

Dow is permanently closing a busy five-lane stretch of Saginaw Road between Salzburg Road and Mark Putnam Road. A new secure entrance will be constructed on the north side of the site.

The closure, part of the 2,600-acre I-Park plan, will increase security on the campus by restricting traffic and allow operations on both sides of the road to combine, saving Dow about $4 million annually.

Dow will manage the combined site that will house operations for the new Dow, DuPont and Corteva Agriscience spinoffs coming in 2019, along with Cabot Corp., SK Saran Americas and Trinseo.

The Midland City Council approved the road closure in the summer of 2017. Roadways in the area have been expanded to absorb additional traffic from Saginaw Road.

Motorists on Saginaw Road will be moved to Bay City Road and Waldo Avenue to get around Dow's Midland campus.

“We worked closely with the Midland City Council, along with numerous citizens and organizations, to approve the closing of a mile-long stretch of South Saginaw Road to create a world-class, unified industrial manufacturing park,” said Reiner Roghmann, vice president of Operations for Canada & USA North.