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Quiet residential area becomes traffic detour due to construction

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The road closed sign often goes unnoticed.

"They don't pay attention to it," said resident Dave Decatur.

Geis Road is only about 500 feet and is typically a quiet street, but this summer, it’s become a popular route.

Barb Spresny is sick of the traffic. Spresny said the road normally gets 10 cars rolling through, but with construction on I-75, she sees at least 100 cars.

It’s a perfect turn-around and makeshift detour, while crews reconstructed the westbound us-10 bridge over I-75.

"I'm glad this is finally getting resolved," Decatur said.

With the westbound bridge now complete the residential area is ready to go back to normal. Work begins on the second half of the $6.4 million project.

"It's going to make a big difference," Decatur said.

From Oct. 5 through Oct. 7, I-75 will be closed in both directions from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. as crews demolish the eastbound U.S. 10 bridge.

It will also mean a few different detours as work is completed, notably a detour for eastbound U.S. 10 traffic wanting to head northbound on I-75 as well as southbound I-75 traffic trying to head eastbound on U.S. 10.

And for residents on Geis Road, they're ready for the traffic shift.

"That'll cut a lot of this traffic back and forth here," Decatur said. 

Check out our interactive map for MDOT's detour suggestion.

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