MDOT Pauses Road Work For Holiday Weekend 5-25-2011 - WNEM TV 5

MDOT Pauses Road Work For Holiday Weekend 5-25-2011

To help make holiday travel more convenient, the Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting traffic restrictions on 75 of 142 projects statewide during the Memorial Day weekend.
Beginning 3 p.m. Friday, May 27, and continuing until 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, MDOT is suspending road work wherever possible in order to limit holiday traffic delays.
An estimated 1.1 million motorists will be traveling on Michigan roads this weekend, according to AAA Michigan.
"The Memorial Day holiday is a great opportunity for motorists to experience and discover the natural beauty of our great state," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Safety is our number one priority. Please wear your safety belt, put away your hand-held devices, and pay close attention, especially when traveling through construction zones."
While construction zones may be closed for the weekend, motorists are advised that equipment and temporary traffic configurations, like minor shifts, may still be in place.
MDOT oversees I, M and US routes, and is responsible for nearly 10,000 miles of highways that carry 53 percent of all traffic and around 70 percent of commercial truck traffic.
The following is a list of work zones that will remain active, or have lane restrictions, during the Memorial Day weekend. If necessary, detour routes will be posted at the project location:
Central Michigan and Thumb
- I-75, Bay County, will have northbound traffic shifted to southbound lanes from Linwood to Pinconning roads, using a moveable barrier to separate traffic. Wednesday - Saturday: two northbound lanes and one southbound lane will be open. Saturday - Wednesday: two southbound lanes and one northbound will be open.
- I-75, Saginaw and Bay counties, will have three lanes maintained in each direction from M-84 to Crane Road. Three northbound and two southbound "express" lanes are shifted and open on the northbound side of the highway; one southbound "local traffic" lane is running on the southbound side. Access to I-675 and M-84 is maintained on the southbound lane.
- I-675, Saginaw County, remains closed from M-13 to Veterans Memorial Highway. Alternate routes include: M-13 to M-81 to I-75, and northbound I-675 to I-75. Downtown access is available via southbound I-675, using the Warren/Jefferson exit.
- M-13, Bay County, will have one lane open in each direction at Worth Road.
- M-21, Genesee County, will have one lane open in each direction over Mistequay Creek; traffic shifted to the north half of the bridge.
- M-25, Huron County, will remain closed over the White River with traffic detoured.
- M-57, Gratiot County, will have one lane open over Bear Creek with traffic maintained via temporary traffic signals.
- M-84, Bay County, will have southbound lanes open from I-75 to Euclid Avenue. Northbound M-84 is closed from Hotchkiss Avenue to Euclid Avenue with traffic detoured.
Northern Lower Peninsula
- The Mackinac Bridge (I-75) will have intermittent lane closures during off-peak hours for painting.
- M-37, Wexford County, will be closed over the Pine River with a posted detour.
- US-131 Business Route (Mitchell Street) in downtown Cadillac, Wexford County, will be closed with a posted detour.
Upper Peninsula
- I-75 Business Spur in Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, will remain closed between 10th Avenue and Easterday Avenue. Detour on city streets.
- M-35 in Escanaba, Delta County, will have one lane closed for northbound traffic south of US-2/41 (Ludington Street), with one northbound and two southbound lanes open.
- M-123 north of Newberry, Luce County, will remain closed at Murphy Creek. Detour on M-123 and M-28 through Eckerman Corners.
- US-2, Mackinac County, will have a traffic shift between Naubinway and M-117, with one lane open in each direction.
- US-41 in Menominee, Menominee County, will be closed to through-traffic between M-35 and 48th Avenue. Detour on M-35 and 48th Avenue.
- US-141 in Breitung Township, Dickinson County, bridge linking Michigan and Wisconsin will remain closed. Detour on US-141, US-2 and US-8 through Norway.
For more information, contact James Lake, Superior Region Communications Representative, at 906-786-1830, ext. 323.
West Michigan
- I-96 in Cascade, Kent County, will have two lanes open in each direction at M-11 (28th Street). M-11 will have two lanes open in each direction.
- I-196 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, will be shifted under Fuller Avenue with two lanes of traffic maintained in each direction. Fuller Avenue will have one lane open in each direction; a left-turn lane from northbound Fuller Avenue to westbound I-196 will be open. The ramp from Fuller Avenue to eastbound I-196 will remain closed.
- M-21 in Ada, Kent County, will have one lane open in each direction on the temporary bridge over the Grand River.
- M-66 (Dexter Street) in the city of Ionia, Ionia County, southbound lanes will be closed from the Grand River to M-21 with a posted detour. One lane remains open on northbound M-66.
- M-121 in Hudsonville, Ottawa County, will continue to have one lane open in each direction between Main Street in Zeeland and 40th Avenue.
- US-31 in Hart, Oceana County, will have a traffic shift and one lane open in each direction from Polk Road to just north of the Monroe Road interchange into Pentwater.
Southwest Michigan
- 142nd Avenue, Allegan County, bridge closed over US-131. A detour is posted; all US-131 lanes will be open.
- Britain Avenue, Berrien County, bridge closed at I-94 with a detour posted. Two lanes of I-94 open in each direction.
- I-94 in Kalamazoo/Portage, Kalamazoo County, will have two lanes maintained in each direction at Westnedge Avenue. The following ramps are closed: - Southbound Westnedge Avenue to eastbound I-94; - Southbound Westnedge Avenue to westbound I-94; - Northbound Westnedge Avenue to westbound I-94; - Westbound I-94 to southbound Westnedge Avenue; - Westbound I-94 to northbound Westnedge Avenue; and - Eastbound I-94 to northbound Westnedge Avenue.
- I-94/Main Street interchange in Mattawan, Van Buren County, will have the eastbound I-94 ramp to Main Street closed; all I-94 traffic lanes open.
- I-196, Berrien County, will have one lane open in each direction over the Coloma Road and CSX bridges at Mile Marker 4.
- I-196 in South Haven, Van Buren County, will have one lane open in each direction over 20th Street (County Road 380).
- M-99 in Albion, Calhoun County, bridge closed over Kalamazoo River and traffic detoured.
- M-140 in Watervliet, Berrien County, will have one lane open in each direction.
- US-12 in Union, Cass County, closed to through-traffic with detours posted.
- US-31, Berrien County, will have one lane open in each direction over the Saint Joseph River.
Southern Mid-Michigan
- Grand Ledge Rest Area off eastbound I-96, Clinton County, is closed.
- Okemos Rest Area off westbound I-96, Ingham County, is closed.
- Kipp Road, Ingham County, is closed over US-127 with traffic detoured. Two lanes of US-127 open in each direction.
- LaPlaisance Road, Monroe County, will have one lane open over I-75 with traffic maintained using a temporary signal. All lanes on I-75 will be open.
- Page Avenue near Jackson, Jackson County, has one lane maintained in each direction over US-127. Two lanes of US-127 will be open in each direction with a shoulder closure.
- I-69, Shiawassee County, will have one lane open in each direction between M-52 and M-13.
- I-94, Jackson County, has two lanes maintained in each direction between Sargent Road and the Jackson/Washtenaw county line with a traffic shift.
- M-43 (Saginaw Highway), Eaton and Ingham counties, will have two westbound lanes open between Canal Road and Mall Drive West, and between Waverly Road and Rosemary Avenue, with all eastbound traffic detoured.
- M-43 (Grand River Avenue), Ingham County, ramp from northbound US-127 is closed with a detour posted.
- M-43 (Grand River Avenue) near Williamston, Ingham County, has one lane maintained at Meech Road with a temporary signal.
- M-71, Shiawassee County, will be closed over I-69 with a detour posted.
- Old M-78 (Lansing Road), Shiawassee County, will have one eastbound lane open between Woodbury Road and Ruess Road, with westbound traffic detoured.
- M-100 (Wright Road) near Grand Ledge, Clinton County, is closed at I-96 with traffic detoured. Two lanes of I-96 are maintained in each direction with a shoulder closure.
- US-223 east of the village limits of Blissfield, Lenawee County, has one lane maintained with a temporary signal.
Metro Detroit Region -- City of Detroit
- I-96 eastbound and westbound ramps to northbound M-39 are closed. Traffic detoured via US-24 (Telegraph Road).
- M-39 (Southfield Freeway) is closed in both directions between M-5 (Grand River Avenue) and M-10 (Lodge Freeway) for reconstruction. Traffic detoured via US-24.
- M-39 down to one lane in both directions between M-5 and M-153 (Ford Road) for ongoing construction.
- M-85 (Fort Street) is closed in both directions between Schaefer Road and Oakwood Boulevard for ongoing reconstruction. Traffic detoured via I-75.
Oakland County
- Crooks Road is reduced to a single lane in each direction over M-59.
- I-75 northbound exit to eastbound M-59 is closed with a detour posted.
- M-5 eastbound and westbound lanes closed between Purdue Street and 8 Mile Road.
- M-59 eastbound ramps to northbound and southbound I-75 are closed with detours posted.
- M-59 westbound ramp to southbound I-75 is closed with a detour posted.
- M-59 has two lanes open in each direction between Crooks and Opdyke roads.
- US-24 has the left northbound lane closed from 12 Mile Road to Maple Road for construction
St. Clair County
- Wadhams Road is reduced to a single lane over I-69 with traffic controlled via a temporary signal.
- I-94/I-69 has two lanes open in each direction between the Black River Bridge and Lapeer Road with a traffic shift and reduced speeds posted. In addition, Riverside Drive is closed under I-94/I-69 and detoured.
- I-94/I-69 eastbound exit to Water Street is closed with a detour posted.
Macomb County
- 11 Mile Road westbound entrance ramp to westbound I-94 is closed. A detour is posted.
- Van Dyke Avenue is reduced to two lanes over I-696.
- I-94 left shoulders closed in each direction between 8 Mile and 11 Mile roads.
- I-696 has shoulder closures in both directions between Van Dyke Avenue and Hoover Road for ongoing bridge construction.
- M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) southbound bridge over the Clinton River is closed. Traffic is detoured to the northbound bridge with a single lane open in each direction on the northbound structure.
Wayne County
- Northline Road entrance ramp to northbound I-75 and the southbound I-75 exit ramp to Northline Road are closed and detoured.
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