16-year I-75 construction project begins in Oakland County
I-75 down to 2 lanes in both directions between Coolidge Highway, Squirrel Road
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Starting Monday, two lanes will be open in each direction of I-75 between Coolidge Highway and Squirrel Road in order to safely allow crews to construct temporary crossovers.
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This is the beginning of a $90.8 million reconstruction project of I-75 in Oakland County. The entire project stretches south to 8 Mile Road, but the Michigan Department of Transportation does not expect construction there to be complete until the year 2030. There are eight two-mile construction segments planned.
The portion of I-75 between Coolidge Highway and Squirrel Road is segment one, "2016." In September, two-way traffic will share the southbound lanes to allow for the reconstruction of northbound I-75, along with bridge replacement at Adams, Square Lake and Squirrel roads.
This pattern is expected to remain in place until mid-December, when all lanes of I-75 will open and traffic will be in its proper alignment.
To put the full project's timeline in perspective, a child born today will be getting their license when the highway is completed.
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