SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) – The start of the new work week brings several road construction projects.

WWJ’s John Bailey reports that the month of March is the traditional start of road construction season, and crews are wasting no time jumping into gear, doing so a day early.

Long-term work is scheduled to get underway on I-696 in Warren and I-94 in Port Huron, although for both projects, crews plan to limit the freeway lane restrictions to the off-peak hours. That I-696 bridge work is likely to cause periodic stop-and-go topside also, as lane closures are planned both ways on Van Dyke on the east- and westbound service drives.

A short-term project also is scheduled to get underway this week and is likely to slow the trip on Telegraph Road in Pontiac and in Waterford.

Meanwhile, work on the Southfield Freeway is scheduled to get underway on Friday, March 4th. Road crews are expected to close the expressway entirely between M-10 in Southfield and I-96 in Detroit. The project involves road reconstruction and bridge replacement. Utilities located under the freeway also will be replaced.

During the closure, detour signs will direct motorists to Telegraph Road.

For more on the Southfield Freeway reconstruction project, click here.

Comments (9)
  1. rick says:

    why do the road crew’s just throw asphalt around, they dont pack it in and the car’s runover it and pull it right out, is this a mafia kickback system, people are being paid well and the asphalt is not cheap and nothing is fixed??? this is done over and over costing how much and doing nothing! can’t one of these uh huh professionals running this dept identify this and do something?

    1. Mike Oxmall says:

      Rick, it’s “Crews”, not “Crew’s”. Just because something is plural, doesn’t mean it gets an apostrophe. Go back to school.

    2. brain surgeon says:

      They patch holes in the winter because it takes less patch to fill the hole when the hole is half full of ice and snow. Doesn’t stick worth a sheet but takes less patch.

  2. Sam says:

    They aren’t forced to take ownership of what they fix.

  3. bob says:

    M-DOT workers are ignorant slobs.

  4. Fred says:

    Last year they closed half of Telegraph road for months and months. Businesses were disrupted, residents were delayed costing us time and fuel costs. It was aggravatingl. Yet today when you drive on it very little of it was repaired. It’s still pitted and potholed! They disrupted all that time just to repair the curbs?!!! The only part that seems to have been repaved is the section south of 12 mile and it was repaved with short term asphalt. What the heck were they doing?

  5. Granmole says:

    Why don’t we all file a class action suit having to pay road tax on roads you can’t use every focking day for three seasons. Help us Mr.Fieger!

  6. DBac says:

    John & Carlo Ianucci, owners of JohnCarlo Paving should be held responsible for Hall road falling to pieces. Between Hayes and M-53 it’s unbeleavable, some of the pot holes can take in whole tires. MDOT, do someting about them, what are our taxes used for, just throwing asphalt down without properly packing should be looked into. What the F#@$. I just had a blowout in a not so old of a tire because of these potholes. Come on now!

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