Next phase of preparations for I-69 reconstruction squeezing westbound traffic

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FLINT (WJRT) (3/15/2018) - Just as motorists were getting used to lane restrictions on eastbound I-69, the next phase of the project on Thursday will switch the focus to the other side.

Beginning Friday, westbound I-69 will be reduced to one lane from Fenton Road to Ballenger Highway. That is to allow crews space to complete preparations for westbound traffic to shift onto the eastbound side.

By Saturday evening, traffic in both directions will be moved onto the eastbound side.

The eastbound side had been restricted to one lane will crews set up barricades that will separate eastbound and westbound traffic.

The changes also will lead to changes what entrance and exit ramps to and from I-69 are open.

Ramps from eastbound I-69 to I-75 will be reopened. But ramps from westbound I-69 to I-75, Saginaw Street and Ballenger Highway all will close Saturday until July.

Detour routes for all of the closed ramps will be posted.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is working on a $34 million project to reconstruct I-69 between Fenton Road and Ballenger Highway. Depending on weather, the project will switch sides in July so the eastbound side of the freeway can be reconstructed.

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