DETROIT (WWJ) – The Michigan Department of Transportation announced that most of the MDOT Metro Region’s 2012 road work is complete. The Metro Region serves four counties: Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair and Wayne, accounting for about 40 percent of all traffic in Michigan.

“MDOT thanks all motorists for their patience during this past construction season, especially those who were inconvenienced daily by the I-275 bridge reconstruction,” Tony Kratofil, MDOT Metro Region Engineer, said in a statement. “Infrastructure improvements are necessary for enhanced quality of life for our residents and assist in providing a stable economic base for growth and job retention.”

The M-85 reconstruction project will continue throughout the winter, with utility replacement between Pennsylvania and Sibley roads, in order to finish the project as quickly as possible. Work will resume next spring to finalize bridge work on I-275 at the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing between Ecorse Road and Michigan Avenue.

During 2012, the Metro Region invested approximately $124 million in pavement repairs and roughly $55 million to upgrade bridges to good condition. Several high-impact corridors received upgrades, including:

Macomb County

— I-94: A $19.5 million investment to resurface more than 5 miles between 23 Mile and County Line roads, including safety upgrades to the eastbound I-94 exit and entrance ramps at 23 Mile Road.

Oakland County

— M-150 (Rochester Road): A $6 million investment to reconstruct M-150 between 2nd Street and the Paint Creek bridge.

— M-10 (Northwestern Highway): A $3.1 million investment to resurface more than 3 miles between Beck and Orchard Lake roads.

— US-24 Business Route (Cesar Chavez Drive): A $5.2 million investment to reconstruct 1 mile between the Woodward Loop and Montcalm Avenue in Pontiac.

Wayne County

— I-94: An $11 million investment to upgrade the bridges over M-39 (Southfield Road).

— I-75/Dix-Toledo Road interchange: A $25 million investment to modernize the interchange in Brownstown Township.

— I-275: A $27.7 million investment to repair 34 bridges between Hannan and 6 Mile roads, including resurfacing the freeway between Ecorse and Ford roads.


— I-94: A $7.6 million investment to resurface approximately 5 miles between Wyoming Avenue and 2nd Street, including upgrades to eight overpasses between Warren Avenue and Weir Road.

— M-102 (Eight Mile Road): An $11 million investment to resurface 2.5 miles between M-5 (Grand River Avenue) and US-24 (Telegraph Road).

For the latest from the roads, stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 during Traffic and Weather on the 8s, 24-hours a day. Check for recent traffic incidents now on the CBS Detroit Traffic Page.


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