Repairs begin on Miller Road overpass at I-75 - WNEM TV 5

Repairs begin on Miller Road overpass at I-75

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FLINT TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Work began on Monday to fix a damaged overpass.

It's been causing a huge headache for Genesee County drivers since December.

Around Christmas last year, a truck carrying a high load hit the Miller Road overpass on I-75 in Flint Township severely damaging two structural beams.

Since the accident, Miller Road was reduced to one lane in each direction and a middle turn lane.

MDOT urges drivers to always check load height limits on their routes and is now dealing with an almost half a million-dollar reconstruction bill.

During the removal of the beams, southbound I-75 will be down to two lanes and traffic will be detoured onto the I-69 exit.

Drivers will experience slowdowns in construction zones, but most work is expected to happen during overnight hours.

"It's affecting us really bad right now," said Michael Collins, manager of the MIDAS store next to the overpass.

He said the road repairs are already plaguing his business.

"It's hard to turn left out here so people aren't really coming in just because of the difficulty pulling in and out of here. And it's pretty backed up right now," Collins said.

Collins said he has a plan to get around the construction when heading home.

"When I leave work I usually get on the highway right by my store, but now I have to, I'll go down Ballenger and Van Slyke to get on at Bristol Road because it's so congested right here," Collins said.

MDOT said finding an alternate route during rush hour is a good idea.

The construction is supposed to last until the end of September.

Collins said he is already looking forward to when the road work is over.

"If they're going to get done by September then we can actually get business going again and get everybody's car back on the road," Collins said.

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