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MDOT removes traffic restrictions on 83 projects for Memorial Day holiday travel

Contact: Jeff Cranson, MDOT Director of Communications,
 cransonj@michigan.gov
517-335-3084
Agency: Transportation

May 22, 2013 -- To help make holiday travel more convenient, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is lifting traffic restrictions on 83 of 130 projects statewide during the Memorial Day weekend.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, May 24, and continuing until 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, MDOT is suspending road work and removing restrictions wherever possible in order to make travel easier for the public. AAA Michigan estimates 1.1 million people will travel 50 miles or more in Michigan this holiday weekend.

"The Memorial Day holiday is a great opportunity for motorists to experience and discover the natural beauty of our great state," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Safety is our number one priority. Please wear your safety belt, put away your hand-held devices, and always pay close attention when driving."

While construction zones may be closed for the weekend, motorists can expect to see safety belt enforcement zones in full swing across the state. Motorists are advised to buckle up to avoid a ticket, and possibly save someone's life.

Construction on I-75 in Saginaw County is expected to cause long delays for southbound travelers over the Memorial Day weekend. Holiday travelers heading home from up north are encouraged to consider US-127 as an alternative. Southbound I-75 at the Zilwaukee Bridge remains closed from north of Saginaw to the south junction with I-675, with traffic detoured to southbound I-675.

MDOT oversee I, M and US routes, and is responsible for nearly 10,000 miles of highways that carry 53 percent of all traffic, and around 70 percent of commercial truck traffic.

Restriction information is subject to change, so motorists are encouraged to regularly check MDOT's popular Mi Drive traffic Web site (www.michigan.gov/drive) for traffic incident alerts, live traffic Web cams, and additional construction information.

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

Upper Peninsula

  •  M-26 in Laurium, Houghton County, will have a detour for northbound traffic on Isle Royale and Third streets.
  •  M-28 near Kenton, Houghton County, will have one lane open over the east branch of the Ontonagon River, controlled by temporary traffic signals.
  •  M-28 in Munising, Alger County, will have one lane open over the Anna River, controlled by temporary traffic signals.
  •  M-35 in Menominee, Menominee County, will have a temporary traffic shift.
  •  M-38, Ontonagon County, will have one lane open over the west branch of the Firesteel River, controlled by temporary traffic signals.
  •  M-189 in Iron River, Iron County, will have a temporary traffic shift.

For more information, contact James Lake, Superior Region Communications Representative, at 906-786-1830, ext. 323.

Northern Lower Peninsula

  • M-37, Wexford County, is closed from M-115 to 4 Road for reconstruction. A detour is posted.
  • M-65, Alpena County, is closed over the north branch of Thunder Bay River. A detour is posted.
  • M-68 in Alanson, Emmet County, is closed over the Crooked River. A detour is posted.
  • US-31, Grand Traverse County, has a temporary signal on the bridge over Tobeco Creek.

For more information, contact Bob Felt, North Region Communications Representative, at 989-731-5090.

West Michigan

  • I-96 in Crockery Township, Ottawa County, has one lane open in each direction with a traffic shift. Ramp closures include:
    • The eastbound M-104 ramp to eastbound I-96,
    • The westbound I-96 exit ramp to M-104 in Nunica, and
    • The eastbound I-96 exit ramp to Cleveland Street (Nunica exit).
  • I-96, Ionia County, has traffic shifts in each direction over the Portland Trail with two lanes open in each direction.
  • I-196 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, has one lane open on eastbound I-196 over the Grand River near Market Avenue, and all lanes open on westbound I-196. The Market Avenue ramp to eastbound I-196 is closed.
  • M-11 (28th Street) in Kentwood/Cascade Township, Kent County, has one lane open in each direction with traffic shifted between Patterson Avenue and I-96.
  • US-131 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, has two northbound lanes open from I-196 to Ann Street, and all southbound lanes open. The eastbound I-196 ramp to northbound US-131 is closed, as well as the Leonard Street/Scribner Avenue ramp to northbound US-131.

For more information, contact John Richard, Grand Region Communications Representative, at 616-451-4063.

Southwest Michigan

  • I-94, Berrien County, has one lane closed in each direction from Sawyer to Bridgman.
  • I-194 in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, has one lane closed in each direction between I-94 and Hamblin Avenue.
  • M-62 in Dowagiac, Cass County, will have one lane of traffic open on each of the bridges east and west of town over the Dowagiac Creek via temporary signals.
  • M-89 in Plainwell, Allegan County, will have westbound lanes detoured from Sherwood Avenue to 8th Street. All lanes on US-131 will be open, including all ramps.
  • M-216, St. Joseph County, is closed at US-131 for reconstruction. A detour is posted.
  • US-12, Berrien County, has one lane closed in each direction from Mayflower Road in Buchanan to M-139 in Niles.
  • US-12 in New Buffalo, Berrien County, has one lane closed in each direction at I-94.

For more information, contact Nick Schirripa, Southwest Region Communications Representative, at 269-337-3927.

Central Michigan and Thumb

  • I-75, Genesee County, will have the northbound and southbound ramps to eastbound I-69 closed with traffic detoured. Motorists can use I-475 as an alternate route or follow the posted detour.
  • I-75 near Saginaw, Saginaw County, currently has all southbound lanes and multiple ramps closed between the north and south junctions with I-675 for paving on I-75 and replacing bearing pads on the Zilwaukee Bridge. Long delays are expected for southbound travelers over the Memorial Day weekend. Holiday travelers heading home from up north are encouraged to consider US-127 as an alternative. Be sure to check Mi Drive (www.michigan.gov/drive) regularly and follow MDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_Bay for the latest construction and lane closure updates on this project.

In addition:
- Janes Road will remain closed and detoured via Outer Drive, Wadsworth Avenue and Tower Line Road.
- The M-13 ramp to southbound I-75 is closed. Traffic is rerouted to I-675, where motorists can take southbound I-75.
- The M-81 ramp to southbound I-75 is closed. Traffic is rerouted to M-13, then to southbound I-675, where motorists can take southbound I-75.
- The Adams Street ramp to southbound I-75 is closed. Traffic is rerouted to Tittabawassee Road, then to I-675, where motorists can take southbound I-75.
- The northbound I-675 ramp to southbound I-75 is closed. Motorists can take northbound I-75 to M-84 to access southbound I-75.

  • M-25, Tuscola County, will remain closed over the Quanicassee River, between M-15 and M-24. A detour is posted.
  • M-53/M-142 intersection in Bad Axe, Huron County, is closed with traffic detoured.
  • M-57, Gratiot County, has two-way traffic maintained over US-127 via a traffic shift. All interchange ramps and US-127 will remain open.
  • M-61 in Temple, Clare County, has one lane open over the Muskegon River under temporary traffic signals.
  • M-84/M-13 (Salzburg Avenue) in Bay City, Bay County, is closed between Euclid Avenue and Wenona Avenue. A detour is posted.
  • US-127 Business Route (BR) in Harrison, Clare County, has two-way traffic maintained under US-127 via a traffic shift in northern Harrison. All interchange ramps and US-127 will remain open.

For more information, contact Anita Richardson, Bay Region Communications Representative, at 989-239-1732.

Southern Mid-Michigan

  • I-96, Livingston County, has three lanes open in each direction at Latson Road with a traffic shift.
  • M-50, Eaton County, is closed between Vermontville Highway and Needmore Highway, north of Charlotte.
  • M-99, Jackson County, has one lane open over Rice Creek with a temporary signal, just south of Springport.
  • M-143 (Michigan Avenue) in East Lansing, Ingham County, has one lane open in each direction between Harrison Road and M-43.
  • US-23, Monroe County, has one lane open in each direction between Sterns Road and US-223 with a traffic shift. Also, the following ramps are closed with a detour posted:
    • The southbound US-23 ramp to US-223, and
    • The US-223 ramp to northbound US-23.
  • US-24 (Telegraph Road), Monroe County, has one lane open in each direction with a traffic shift between Stewart Road and Hurd Street.
  • US-127, Ingham County, has two lanes open in each direction at Lake Lansing Road with a traffic shift. On Lake Lansing Road, two westbound lanes are open and one eastbound lane is open over US-127.

For more information, contact Kari Arend, University Region Communications Representative, at 517-750-0406.

Metro Detroit Region

City of Detroit:

  • M-85 (Fort Street) has one lane open in each direction between Oakwood Boulevard and Bayside Street with a traffic shift.
  • Van Dyke Avenue remains closed over I-94. A detour is posted.
  • West Grand Boulevard remains closed over I-94. A detour is posted.

Wayne County:

  • The northbound I-75 exit to Eureka Road is closed. A detour is posted.
  • M-85 (Fort Street) has one lane open in each direction between Pennsylvania and Sibley roads.
  • M-102 (Eight Mile Road) has two lanes open in each direction between M-39 (Southfield Freeway) and US-24 (Telegraph Road).

Oakland County:

      No restrictions.

Macomb County:

  • I-94 has the westbound left lane closed from Masonic Boulevard to I-696.
  • M-53 is closed between 34 Mile and Ebeling roads. A detour is posted.
  • M-97 (Groesbeck Highway) has two lanes open in each direction between 14 Mile and Hayes roads.
  • 21 Mile Road is closed over M-53. A detour is posted.

St. Clair County:

      No restrictions.

For more information, contact Robert Morosi, Metro Region Communications Specialist, at 248-483-5127.

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