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Everything you need to know about local I-75 construction

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Driving on I-75 in Saginaw and Bay Counties will be a headache for the next month.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reconstructing 4 miles of I-75, as well as replacing all bearing pads at piers and expansion joints on the Zilwaukee Bridge in Saginaw County during the 2013 construction season.

Work, which began April 1, will occur simultaneously on I-75 and the Zilwaukee Bridge during this overall $70 million project. In addition, MDOT will begin making warranty pavement repairs on April 4 to the outside lane of northbound I-75 between Linwood and Pinconning Road.

To help clarify project details for the work on I-75 though Bay and Saginaw counties, traffic restriction information from MDOT follows:

Bay County: I-75, Linwood Road to Pinconning Road
Wednesday, April 3, to Friday, April 5
-The far right lane will be closed on northbound I-75 between Prevo and Coggins roads. All exits will remain open along the approximately 2-mile stretch near exit 173.
Monday, April 8, to Friday, April 12
-This lane closure is still being determined and will be announced. It is expected that the far right-lane closure will remain in effect for three to five days. An MDOT update will be issued.

Saginaw County: I-75, Zilwaukee Bridge
-MDOT began construction on the Zilwaukee Bridge on April 1.The two-year project includes work on two separate projects: I-75 improvements and Zilwaukee Bridge bearing replacement.
-MDOT is investing $36 million during the 2013 construction season in Zilwaukee Bridge construction. Work includes replacing all pot bearings at piers and expansion joints, bridge deck overlay and barrier repairs.
-MDOT also is investing $29 million in I-75 road improvements. Work, which also began on April 1, includes reconstructing the highway from Janes Road to the north junction of I-675, guardrail and storm drainage work, pavement restoration, and shoulder work on all Zilwaukee Bridge ramps.
-Southbound bearing replacement, including the road and bridge work project, began April 1 and continues through January 2014.
-Northbound bearing replacement, including the road and bridge work project, begins in 2014 once all work on the southbound lanes is complete, and continues through January 2015.
-The overall project is expected to be completed in April 2015.

Traffic Restrictions:
April 1 to 27:
-Southbound I-75 is closed for road construction from the north junction of I-675 to the south junction of I-675.
-Southbound I-75 traffic will be detoured to southbound I-675, where motorists will resume travel on southbound I-75.
-The M-13 ramp to southbound I-75 is closed. Traffic is rerouted to I-675, where motorists can take southbound I-75.
-The M-81 ramp to southbound I-75 is closed. Traffic is rerouted to M-13, then to southbound I-675, where motorists can take southbound I-75.
-The Adams Street ramp to southbound I-75 is closed. Traffic is rerouted to Tittabawassee Road, then to I-675, where motorists can take southbound I-75.
-The northbound I-675 ramp to southbound I-75 is closed. Motorists can take northbound I-75 to M-84 to access southbound I-75.

Starting Saturday, April 27, and continuing through December:
-Northbound I-75 traffic will be maintained on I-75 Wednesday to Saturday, with traffic detoured using northbound I-675 Sunday to Tuesday.
-Southbound I-75 traffic will be maintained on I-75 Sunday to Tuesday, with traffic detoured using southbound I-675 Wednesday to Saturday until the completion of the project.

Additional work:
Janes Road bridge over I-75
-Janes Road will remain closed and detoured via Outer Drive, Wadsworth Avenue and Tower Line Road.
-MDOT's $2.5 million investment to replace the Janes Road bridge over I-75 began in September 2012.

Wadsworth Road bridge over I-75
-MDOT will invest $4 million to resurface and repair this bridge. Work will begin once construction on the Janes Road bridge over I-75 is complete. Traffic will be rerouted to Janes Road during construction.

For up-to-date information and to sign up for e-mail updates, visit MDOT's I-75 and Zilwaukee Bridge improvements project Web site at: www.michigan.gov/z-bridge.  MDOT said the bridge project will maximize the service life of the bridge and improve the overall condition of this section of I-75.

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