TROY (WWJ) – As orange barrel season rolls along, another leg of a major freeway project is set to begin at midnight Sunday.
WWJ’s Lance Howard reports the months-long trouble will be on northbound I-75 between Coolidge Highway and M-59 in Oakland County.
Lane restrictions will be in effect from Coolidge to South Blvd., with two lanes open during the daytime (beginning each day at 5 a.m.) and only one lane open during the overnight hours (12 a.m. to 5 a.m.)
By Friday, May 19, two-way travel will be sharing the northbound lanes of I-75 in that area.
The project also will close the following:
- I-75 northbound ramp to westbound Square Lake Rd.
- Square Lake eastbound ramp to I-75 north
- M-59 eastbound ramp to I-75 south
- I-75 southbound exit and entrance ramps to Adams Rd.
Detours will be posted.
The Michigan Department of Transportation says this segment of a two-year $90.8 million I-75 revamping is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1.
The project includes reconstructing pavement, replacing bridges and modernizing the Square Lake Rd. interchange — just a small part of a massive, 14-year I-75 renovation from 8 Mile Road to South Blvd.
When the work on this leg of the project is complete, MDOT says drivers entering northbound I-75 will be able to do so from the right lane of Square Lake Rd., instead of the present day left lane, so traffic can merge more safely.