Cone Zone: Major I-675 Project Now Underway 4-18-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Cone Zone: Major I-675 Project Now Underway 4-18-2011

The Michigan Department of Transportation and the federal government are investing $14 million for road and bridge construction work on 2.5 miles of I-675, including the I-675/Warren Avenue interchange in Saginaw County.
A groundbreaking event was held in downtown Saginaw Monday morning to officially kick off construction. The project is expected to end in November.
The work includes rehabilitating two bridges, replacing six bridges, and removing spans to completely close two bridges located on Second and Weadock streets under the freeway.
MDOT also will add new interchange ramps at Warren Avenue, bridge and ramp reconstruction, ramp realignment, bridge removals and replacements.
During construction, the area north of Warren Avenue on I-675 will remain open, with northbound lanes closed from the I-75 south junction north to Warren Avenue.
Southbound lanes will be closed between Warren Avenue and Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Northbound I-675 motorists will take I-75 to westbound M-81, then southbound M-13 to access downtown. Southbound I-675 motorists will exit at Warren/Jefferson avenues.
Access to northbound I-675 also will be maintained via the Warren/Jefferson avenues exit.
Local road improvements include work on Veterans Memorial Parkway; Fitzhugh, 5th and 6th streets; and Wadsworth and Warren avenues.
Water main work is scheduled on I-675 from 7th Avenue east to M-13 and I-675 over 5th and 6th streets, and at Warren, Weadock, and 2nd avenues.
Work on Veterans Memorial Parkway over I-675, a $1.7 million project, includes deck replacement, minor widening, painting, and bridge approach work.
Motorists should expect single-lane closures during this phase of the project.
Once complete, the northbound Veterans Memorial Bridge will be closed for construction and both directions of traffic will be shifted to the southbound Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Motorists are advised to use I-75, M-81, and M-13 as alternate routes.
MDOT officials said the project will increase traffic safety and improve the overall condition of the interchange. The improvements also will provide more direct access to the M-13 highway and central downtown Saginaw.
For up-to-date information on MDOT projects, go to the list of statewide lane closures at www.michigan.gov/drive
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