Northbound I-75 in Madison Heights expected to remain closed through Wednesday

MDOT urges residents to plan commutes with closures in mind

At the press conference, MDOT officials said the the sinkhole was caused by water that created a void about 90 feet under the I-75 Service Drive. It is unknown how large the void is, but MDOT said they are working to fill the void.

MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – All weekend, Michigan Department of Transportation crews worked around the clock to repair the sinkhole in a stretch of I-75 northbound in Oakland County, just north of 11 Mile Road.

The northbound lanes of I-75 were shutdown Friday from the I-75/I-696 exchange to 12 Mile Road.

Read: Emergency repairs close northbound I-75 between I-696 and 12 Mile Road

It all started Friday at about 5 a.m. MDOT said a tunnel boring machine that runs 90-100 feet underground, ran into some water. The water created a void under the I-75 Service Drive that caused the sinkhole. The sinkhole caused damage in the far right lane of I-75 and on the Service Drive.

Related: Northbound I-75 to remain closed from I-696 to 12 Mile Road in Madison Heights until Wednesday, Aug. 4 for repairs

Crews were forced to shutdown northbound I-75 in area for safety reason. MDOT said they are working to fix the issue and the lanes, but this will be an extensive project.

“Monday, we’ll be tearing up this pavement that you see behind us, replacing the stone, re-constructing it and paving it back,” said Colin Forbes with MDOT.

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Larry Spruill Jr. joined the Local 4 News team in January 2018. Prior, he worked at WJAX in Jacksonville, Florida. Larry grew up as a military kid because his father is a retired Chief of the United States Air Force.