Road Construction To Overtake I-675 -- Again 4-14-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Road Construction To Overtake I-675 -- Again 4-14-2011

It's not even the end of spring, and another big road construction project is about to snarl traffic in Mid-Michigan.
A big ribbon-cutting event is scheduled next week for a project on Interstate 675 in Saginaw. Among the notables on hand for the big ribbon cutting event will be U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow and State Transportation director Kirk Steudle.
TV5’s Craig McMorris went out to talk to locals Thursday who aren't too excited about the news.
Dante the disc jockey wasn't happy when he heard about the I-675 road project. “That’s terrible, that’s terrible,” said Dante. He had to deal with a lot of road work when he commuted from Detroit to Saginaw, and he'd prefer not have to deal with it this summer. "I went through so many delays that it drove me crazy," said Dante.
Starting next Monday, work begins on southbound I-675, where crews will start a $14 million road and bridge construction project over a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of I-675. The project is expected to wrap up sometime in November. The project includes rehabilitation work on two bridges, replace six bridges and removing spans to completely close two bridges located on Second and Weadock streets under the freeway.
Local road improvements include work on Veterans Memorial Parkway; Fitzhugh, 5th and 6th streets; and Wadsworth and Warren avenues. These improvements will provide more direct access to M-13 (Washington Avenue) and downtown Saginaw.
Many of the roads are in poor condition and the bridge transitions are crumbling. Despite that, the project isn't appealing to other locals TV5 talked with.
"I don't know, it's a lot of money, and a lot of work," said Rodney Jackson, a Saginaw resident.
The project isn’t the only roadwork that will give motorists headaches this summer. I-75 between Saginaw and Bay City features a lot of work too.
But the Michigan Department of Transportation said when the I-675 work is done, the improvements will provide more direct access to downtown Saginaw. Residents TV5 talked with say the access is just fine as it is now.
"I don't see where it's a problem getting into downtown Saginaw right now," said Saginaw resident Don Maurer.
"I don't think it's that hard to get into downtown Saginaw now, I think to be honest with you, if it's not broke, don't fix it," said resident John Moton.
MDOT asks that drivers obey speed limit signs in construction zones and remain cognizant of the men and women working in the area.
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