I-69 construction on schedule to end in November with changeover looming

FLINT TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (6/8/2018) - The construction project causing chronic traffic backups on I-69 between I-75 and I-475 is nearly half done, but a bigger mess for drivers could be on the horizon.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the $34 million project remains on schedule.

"We're still looking at November for completion, so were still pretty good on the target for it," says Keith Brown with MDOT's Davison Transportation Service Center.

I-69 westbound is the section currently seeing repairs from about I-75 to I-475. While no major hiccups in the project have been seen, dozens of accidents as well as disabled vehicles have occurred.

"Most of it is probably due to people not paying attention, maybe even watching some of the construction going on," Brown said. "Just slow down and keep an eye on whats ahead of you."

With lane closures in place since March, drivers are getting used the project. But just as that's happening, things are about to change again.

"We're nearly completed with the paving on westbound, we still have some ramps to do at Hammerberg Road, we finished paving the bridge deck at Hammerberg Road," Brown says. "We are looking at once we finish all the ramps and pavement out there to switch traffic to the westbound side. The day or two days when we do that will be hectic out there."

Despite having to close downs portions of I-69 for the changeover, they're hoping to get it done as quickly as possible so things can get back to flowing better.

The westbound side of I-69 is nearly complete between I-75 and I-475.