DETROIT – A massive I-275 construction project got started this week, prompting a cloud of concern for drivers across Metro Detroit.
“Oh, this is going be a nightmare,” said one woman.
“It’s already hard enough during rush hour, take it down to one lane and it is going to be four times worse, literally,” said another man.
They both work early morning shifts and are dreading their drives home.
“I go to work at 4 a.m. but getting off in the afternoon, it is going to be a nightmare,” the woman said.
They believe not only is the freeway going to be backed up now, but also backroads.
“We don’t have very many of those very often, it is one of the biggest we’ve done in the state,” said Diane Cross with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
The project will happen in phases. This year only one lane of I-275 will be open in either direction from Will Carleton Road to Northline Road. Over the summer nine bridges, concrete pavement and interchanges will be repaired on both sides.
“We started pulling the barrels out at 6 a.m. this morning in the very early days. It’s always frustrating a lot of brake riding angry people trying to merge so give yourself a lot of extra time,” said Cross.
MDOT said I-275 is nearly 50-years-old and repairs were needed on bridge surfaces, barriers, piers and beams.
That means drivers will be looking for detours through 2024.
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