Michigan pausing road work across state for holiday weekend travel

Lifting of traffic restrictions starts Friday

Road construction barrels in Metro Detroit (WDIV)
Road construction barrels in Metro Detroit (WDIV)

MDOT is pausing work and lifting traffic restrictions across the state to help ease travel ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

MDOT says it’ll be lifting lane restrictions on more than 62% of road and bridge projects. AAA Michigan estimates more than 1.1 million Michigan residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a 57 percent increase from last year.

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Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, May 28, and continuing until 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, 121 out of 194 projects statewide will have lane restrictions removed. While motorists will see suspended operations in most MDOT work zones for the weekend, drivers are advised that equipment and certain traffic configurations may remain in place, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures.

The following is a list of work zones that will remain active or have lane restrictions during Memorial Day weekend.

Wayne County

- I-75/M-8 (Davison Freeway) will have the following restrictions in place north of downtown Detroit:

- Northbound I-75 will have two lanes open between Caniff Street and 7 Mile Road.

- Southbound I-75 will have two lanes open between 8 Mile Road and M-8.

- The eastbound M-8 ramp to northbound I-75 is closed.

- The southbound I-75 ramp to eastbound M-8 is closed.

- The eastbound M-8 service drive is closed from Oakland Avenue to Dequindre Street.

- The westbound M-8 service drive is closed at Dequindre Street.

- M-8 has multiple lane closures in each direction between M-10 and I-75.

- I-75 has the following restrictions in place southwest of downtown Detroit:

- Southbound I-75 has one lane closed from Vernon Highway to Springwells Street.

- Northbound I-75 has one lane closed from Clark Street to Vernon Highway.

- The I-75 service drives are closed between Clark and Dragoon streets.

- The Springwells Street interchange is closed.

- The Livernois Avenue bridge over I-75 is closed.

- The Dragoon Street ramp to northbound I-75 is closed.

- The southbound I-75 ramp to Livernois Avenue/Dragoon Street is closed.

- The Clark Street ramp to southbound I-75 is closed.

- The northbound I-75 ramp to Clark Street is closed.

- The Clark Street bridge over I-75 is closed.

- I-94 will have the following restrictions in place east of downtown Detroit:

- The Frontenac Street bridge over I-94 and the service drive is closed.

- The Burns Street bridge over I-94 and the service drive is closed.

- The Cadillac Avenue bridge over I-94 and the service drive is closed.

- The Second Avenue bridge over I-94 is closed.

- The eastbound exit ramp to French Road is closed.

- The French Road ramp to westbound I-94 is closed.

- M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) has the ramp to eastbound I-94 closed.

- M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) has one lane open in each direction at Randolph Street.

- M-10 has the southbound ramp to Elmhurst Street closed.

- M-53 (Van Dyke Street) has the ramps to eastbound and westbound I-94 closed.

- US-12 (Michigan Avenue) has two lanes open in each direction between Beech Daly Road and US-24 (Telegraph Road).

Macomb County

11 Mile Road has two lanes open with the right-turn lane closed at M-3.

I-696 has one lane open on the eastbound exit ramp to M-3.

M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) has two lanes open between 11 Mile Road and Maryland Street.

M-59 has two lanes open in each direction between Romeo Plank and North Avenue.

Oakland County

Grand River Avenue will be closed and detoured between Orchard Lake Road and Shiawassee Street for an event.

I-75 has two lanes open in each direction between 8 Mile and 13 Mile roads.

I-696 ramps to southbound I-75 are closed.

Southern Michigan

- I-69, Eaton County, has the following restrictions in place:

- One lane closed in each direction at Baseline Highway.

- One lane closed in each direction with a traffic shift from Ainger Road to Lansing Road.

- I-75, Monroe County, has lane closures under the LaPlaisance Road bridge. Southbound LaPlaisance Road is closed over I-75.

- I-94 in Jackson, Jackson County, has the following restrictions in place:

- The M-106 (Cooper Street) entrance ramp to westbound I-94 is closed and detoured.

- Northbound US-127/M-50 (West Avenue) has one lane closed at I-94.

- The northbound US-127/M-50 (West Avenue) ramp to westbound I-94 is closed and detoured.

- US-23/M-14 in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, has one eastbound lane closed over the Huron River for barrier wall repair.

Central Michigan and Thumb

- I-69, Genesee County, will have two lanes open in each direction between Hammerberg Road and M-54 with a traffic shift.

- I-69, Lapeer County, will have one lane open in each direction between Newark Road and Harvey Road. Ramp closures at M-53 will remain in place with a detour posted.

- I-69, St. Clair County, will have one lane open in each direction between Miller Road and Stapleton Road with traffic shifts. The eastbound I-69 ramps at Riley Center Road will remain closed with a posted detour.

- I-75/M-46, Saginaw County, has three open lanes in the peak direction of travel with a moveable barrier wall between I-675 and Hess Road

- M-52, Saginaw County, has one lane open in alternating directions over Marsh Creek via temporary signals.

- M-65, Arenac County, is closed between US-23 and Main Street in Twining. Detour posted.

Southwest Michigan

I-69, Calhoun County, has one lane closed in each direction at J Drive N.

I-94, Berrien County, has two lanes open in each direction from I-196 to Britain Avenue with a traffic shift.

I-94 BL, Berrien County, is closed from Crystal Avenue to I-94. Detour posted.

M-343 in Richland, Kalamazoo County, has single-lane closures at G Avenue. G Avenue and 27th Street are closed and detoured.

US-131 BR in Constantine, St. Joseph County, has one lane open over the St. Joseph River between Water Street and Locus Street with a temporary traffic signal.

West Michigan

I-196 in Grand Rapids has a traffic shift and one lane open in each direction between Ionia and Maryland avenues. Plymouth Avenue is closed over I-196; the westbound I-196 off ramp to Fuller Avenue is closed.

I-196 in Grand Rapids has the eastbound bridge over the Grand River closed.

I-196, Allegan County, will have one lane open in each direction with southbound traffic shifted over to the northbound side between Holland and Saugatuck. The southbound I-196 on and off ramps at Blue Star Highway (Exit 41) are closed.

I-196, Allegan County, will have one lane open in each direction over Pier Cove, just south of M-89.

M-37 (Cherry Valley Avenue), Kent and Barry counties, will have lane closures and a traffic shift from 108th Street to Garbow Road.

US-31, Muskegon County, will have one lane open in each direction between the Colby Street and Fruitvale Road exits.

US-31 BR (Pere Marquette Highway), Mason County, is closed just south of US-10.

Northern Lower Peninsula

M-22 in Frankfort, Benzie County, is closed between M-115 and 7th Street. Posted detour.

M-37, Grand Traverse County, has one lane open in each direction south of Traverse City with traffic shifts.

M-55 in Manistee, Manistee County, is closed between US-31 and Stronach Road and detoured.

M-115, Wexford County, is closed between M-37 and 9 Mile Road west of Mesick. Detour: M-37, 4 Road and 9 Road.

US-23 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, will have southbound traffic detoured on local streets.

US-23 in Harrisville, Alcona County, is detoured for through-traffic. Local access is maintained.

US-31, Charlevoix County, is detoured south of Charlevoix for through-traffic. Local access is maintained.

US-131 in Boyne Falls, Charlevoix County, is closed from Cherry Hill Road to Skop Road. Local access is maintained.

Upper Peninsula

M-28 in Munising, Alger County, will have a directional detour in place.

M-129, Chippewa County, has one lane open in alternating directions over the Munuscong River south of Pickford via temporary signals.

US-2 in Bessemer, Gogebic County, has one lane open in alternating directions between Clayberg Street and Old US-2 via temporary signals.

US-41 in Marquette Township, Marquette County, has one lane closed in each direction from County Road 492 to Washington Street.

US-41 in Nestoria, Baraga County, will have one lane open in alternating directions between Pine Avenue and King Lake Road via temporary traffic signals.

US-41 (Townsend Drive) in Houghton, Houghton County, has one lane open in each direction between MacInnes Drive and Pearl Street with a traffic shift.

US-41, Houghton County, has one lane open in alternating directions over Peepsock Creek south of Houghton via temporary signals.

For up-to-date information on MDOT projects, view the list of statewide lane closures on the Mi Drive website at www.Michigan.gov/Drive.


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