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Next phase of I-75 overhaul in Oakland County begins this week

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – The next phase of a project to reconstruct parts of I-75 in Oakland County will begin this week.

Important things to know:

  • Segment 2 involves rebuilding more than 8 miles of I-75 between Coolidge Highway and 13 Mile Road.
  • In 2019, all I-75 traffic will be on the southbound side of the freeway, with two lanes open in each direction.
  • This traffic shift will allow for the northbound lanes to be reconstructed this year.  

Weather permitting, work on segment 2 of the I-75 modernization project in Oakland County will begin Monday.

The Michigan Department of Transporation originally announced the segment 2 construction would begin Thursday, Feb. 28, but then followed up days later with a weather delay announcement. 

Here is aerial video of the stretch of I-75:

 

Project timeline and impacts:

Initially, the construction impacts will begin after morning rush hour on the southbound lanes from Adams Road to south of 13 Mile Road as crews begin preparations for a traffic shift.

Due to this new configuration, the entrance ramps from Big Beaver and Rochester roads to southbound I-75, along with the exit to eastbound 14 Mile Road, will be closed for safety purposes. 

This $224 million project will involve reconstructing more than 8 miles of pavement, improving 18 structures, upgrading drainage, constructing community-developed aesthetics and federally approved noise walls, and continuing construction of the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes between Coolidge Highway and 13 Mile Road. 

By mid-March, it is expected that all traffic will be carried on the southbound side of the freeway. Two lanes will be open in each direction with a temporary concrete barrier separating northbound and southbound traffic.

Temporary exits will be maintained for northbound traffic at 14 Mile Road, Rochester Road, Big Beaver Road, and Corporate Drive.

A crossover at the Corporate Drive entrance ramp will allow traffic to access northbound I-75 while traffic is shifted onto the southbound lanes. 

The entire I-75 modernization project involves rebuilding approximately 18 miles of pavement, replacing bridges, adding an HOV lane in each direction, and bringing the freeway up to current design standards from north of M-102 (Eight Mile Road) to South Boulevard.        

Project map:


About the Authors:

Dave Bartkowiak Jr.

Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.