DETROIT (WWJ) – If you think taking the service drives through the Southfield Freeway construction zone is challenging, try living there.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Ron Dewey said you will see drivers taking advantage of alleys or driveways to get around road closures and detours to shave a few extra minutes off their commute.  Cars have to weave around barrels and barricades to get from one side of the freeway to the other.

Dewey spoke to residents on Wednesday that live in these construction zones on Detroit’s west side.  One of the residents, Sharro Earl, has to factor in an extra ten to fifteen minutes in the morning.

“People coming home about four or five o’clock in the afternoon, it gets a little bit hectic,” said Earl. “Going down the neighborhood streets, is not too bad. I haven’t heard of any violence or anything like that since no police have the ability to get through up and down, so God forbid that does happen now that I’ve said it,” she joked.

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(WWJ Photo/Ron Dewey)

Dewey spoke with one resident who said the construction is not that big a deal.

“You have to go all the way around over on 8 Mile Road and come back around. That’s about it,” he said.

Another resident at a bus stop along the service drive said he’s waiting longer than usual.  He said he was late to work “three times in the last week and a half.”

These residents agree that they will be glad when the work on M-39 rebuild is finished in October.


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