BAY COUNTY (WJRT) - (04/15/19) - Overnight road closures begin Monday night along a 4.2 mile stretch of I-75 in Bay County.
The Michigan Department of Transportation is closing the highway to allow for demolish of the bridge decks on Chip Road and Mackinaw Road.
"Assuming that all goes according to plan tonight we will close both directions of I-75 at 9 p.m. and we will reopen the roadway by 5 a.m.," said MDOT Bay Region Communications Representative Jocelyn Hall.
Drivers will be detoured to M-13 during that time.
MDOT is closing the highway so crews can work faster, to make it easier on drivers, and for safety reasons. "Much of that concrete just falls through onto the roadway below, and so that's one of the reasons that you want to make sure that you don't have the road open to the public," Hall said.
Chip and Mackinaw are up first. Later this summer Wilder will have the same work done.
"The surface that motorists actually travel on, they see that pavement, that will be all freshly laid by the end of the summer on those three roads," Hall said.
The overnight closures last through Thursday evening, but there will be plenty of daytime work too. "What we need to do is temporarily widen a portion of the roadway so that we can maintain both directions of traffic on one side of the roadway at a time," Hall said.
The bridge work is part of a $26.5 million project to rebuild I-75 from North Union Road to Beaver Road. Click on the 'Related Link' with this story to learn more about the overall project.