MDOT suspends road work for Memorial Day weekendContact: Bill Shreck, MDOT Director of Communications, 517-335-3084Agency: Transportation
May 22, 2007 - - To help make travel easier, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is suspending work on 153 of 172 projects statewide during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 25, and continuing until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, MDOT is suspending road work wherever possible, in anticipation of the estimated 1.1 million motorists who will travel Michigan roads for the holiday weekend.
See projects that have restrictions this weekend:
As in 2006, highway construction zone speed limits with "Where Workers Present 45" signs require motorists to reduce their speed to 45 mph where workers are present. Motorists can maintain the posted speed limit, except when in the vicinity of workers. This change helped reduce the number of work zone crashes, injuries and fatalities last year, while improving traffic flow in those areas.
MDOT is responsible for nearly 10,000 miles of state highways which carry approximately 80 percent of all motor vehicle travel in Michigan.
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 save a ticket, and possibly someone's life.
For up-to-date information, go to the list of statewide lane closures on MDOT's Web site at www.michigan.gov/laneclosures.
Following is a list of work zones that will remain active, or have lane restrictions, during the Memorial Day weekend. If necessary, detour routes will be posted at the project location.
The following 53 projects will have some restrictions:
- US-2 in Harris will have a posted detour in effect, following Old US-2 from Eustis Road to County Road 551.
- US-41 in Menominee will have a posted detour in effect, on 14th Avenue and 15th Street.
- M-69 in Iron County will have a posted detour in effect, following Crystal Avenue and River Street for westbound M-69 traffic, and Marquette Avenue and River Street for eastbound M-69 traffic.
- Southbound I-75, from M-134 to the Mackinac/Chippewa County line in Mackinac County, will have one lane open with a 10-foot width restriction. Both northbound lanes are open, with a 12-foot width restriction.
- M-28, from M-123 to M-117 near Newberry, will have two lanes open with a 12-foot width restriction.
- The M-134 bridge over I-75 near St. Ignace will have one lane open with traffic regulated by a temporary traffic signal.
Northern Lower Peninsula
- US-127, under North Higgins Lake Drive in Crawford County, will have shoulder closures at the bridge on both northbound and southbound lanes.
- North Higgins Lake Drive over US-127, in Crawford County, will have one lane of alternating traffic over the bridge via a temporary traffic signal.
- M-33 over the West Branch of the Rifle River will have shoulder closures at the bridge.
- I-75 in Cheboygan County will have all lanes open with a reduced speed limit and uneven paving between lanes for 2 miles northbound and southbound, near M-27.
- US-23 north of Benson Road in Iosco County will have one lane of alternating traffic over the bridge via a temporary traffic signal.
- M-33 from Curtisville Road to Zimowske Road in Oscoda County will have traffic shifts and a reduced speed limit.
- US-131 northbound will have a single lane closure from 14 Mile Road to the Wexford County Line.
- M-42, between 41 Road and the US-131 Business Route in Wexford County, will have shoulder closures.
- I-196, between Ottawa and Fuller avenues in Grand Rapids, will have a minimum of two lanes open.
- Northbound US-131, between Ann Street and North Park Street in Grand Rapids, will have a minimum of two lanes of traffic maintained on the southbound US-131 roadway. One lane will be maintained on the ramp from northbound US-131 to westbound I-96.
- Westbound Michigan Street over Division Avenue in Grand Rapids will be closed and detoured south on Lafayette Avenue, west on Lyon Street, and north on Ionia Avenue. Eastbound Michigan Street will have one lane open to traffic.
- US-131 Business Route (Division Avenue) in Grand Rapids will be closed between Lyon Street and Newberry Street. Posted detour routes will be in place. The detour for northbound Division will be Lyon Street to Ionia Avenue to Newberry Street. The detour for southbound Division will be Newberry Street to Ottawa Avenue to Lyon Street.
- M-20, from 13 Mile Road to Mecosta, will have traffic detoured on 14 Mile Road and 80th Avenue.
- M-44, from the east Ionia County line to Broas Street in the city of Belding, will have westbound traffic detoured onto Bridge Street, Ellis Avenue and M-91.
- US-31 southbound from Sternberg Road to Van Wagoner Street, near Norton Shores, will have a traffic shift, and US-31 northbound will have a left shoulder closure. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in both directions. The speed limit through this zone is 60 mph.
- M-20, from Cottonwood Avenue to Beech Avenue in Newaygo County, will have traffic detoured onto Elm Street, Old M-20 and US-131 south.
- I-94, from east of I-69 to west of Albion in Calhoun County, will have one lane open in each direction.
- M-43, in Delton, Barry County, will have temporary traffic signals allowing alternating traffic through the construction area.
- I-196, from M-140 to 71st Street in South Haven, will have one lane open in each direction.
- M-60, in Cass and St. Joseph counties, will have a lane closure for eastbound traffic from Vandalia to Corey Lake Road A detour is posted.
- US-12 in the city of Sturgis will have a lane closure.
- The Central Avenue overpass on I-196, south of Covert, is closed and traffic is detoured.
- Closed I-94/US-131 ramps in Kalamazoo:
o Westbound I-94 to southbound US-131.
o Southbound US-131 to westbound I-94.
o Northbound US-131 to westbound I-94.
o Eastbound I-94 to northbound US-131.
Central Michigan and Thumb
- I-75 from Bridgeport to Birch Run, Saginaw County, has a multiple-lane traffic shift in place utilizing the outside shoulder. Three lanes will be open.
- M-46 at M-13, Saginaw County, will have one lane open in each direction.
- Northbound and southbound I-75 at Court Street, Genesee County, will have two lanes open to through-traffic.
- I-69 from Elms Road to I-75, Genesee County, will have one lane open to through-traffic.
- The M-19 Cass River bridge will have one lane of alternating traffic via temporary traffic signals.
- The M-25 Wiscoggin Drain bridge will have one lane of alternating traffic via temporary traffic signals.
- I-94 at Baker Road, Exit 167, west of Ann Arbor, will have one lane open in each direction.
- US-12 in Saline will have one lane open in each direction between Maple and Industrial streets.
- M-17 (Ecorse Road), in Ypsilanti, will have one lane open in each direction between US-12 Business Route and US-12.
- US-24 (Telegraph Road) will have one lane open each direction between LaSalle Road and Heiss Road in Monroe.
- I-96 at Grange Road, west of Grand Ledge, will have one lane closed in each direction.
- I-69 from Peacock Road to Shaftsburg will have one lane closed in each direction.
- US-223 at Ogden Highway in Lenawee County will have a traffic shift and shoulder closures.
- M-99 in Hillsdale will have one lane open in each direction downtown.
Metro Detroit Region
City of Detroit
- The M-1 (Woodward Avenue) bridge over I-75 is reduced to a single lane in each direction.
- The northbound and southbound I-75 Business Loop (Wide Track Drive) is reduced to a single lane in Pontiac.
- Northbound and southbound M-1 (Woodward Avenue) is reduced to two lanes between Quarton and Long Lake roads in Birmingham.
- The M-1 (Woodward Avenue) and M-102 (Eight Mile Road) service drives have lane restrictions at the Ferndale/Detroit border.
Oakland County/City of Detroit
- Northbound and southbound M-10 (Lodge Freeway) is closed and detoured between Lahser Road in the city of Southfield and M-8 (Davison Freeway) in the city of Detroit. All traffic is detoured via I-696 and I-75. In addition, the northbound and southbound M-39 (Southfield Freeway) bridges over M-10 are reduced to a single lane in Southfield.
- Eastbound and westbound I-94 is reduced to two lanes between Masonic Boulevard in St. Clair Shores and M-29 (23 Mile Road) in Chesterfield Township.
- Northbound and southbound I-75 is reduced to two lanes, with all traffic using the southbound side of the freeway, between Gibraltar Road and Sibley Road. All northbound exit and entrance ramps from Gibraltar to Sibley are closed and detoured. In addition, the King Road overpass is closed and detoured.
- Eastbound and westbound M-153 (Ford Road) is reduced to a single lane between Mercury Drive and Wyoming Avenue in East Dearborn. In addition, the M-153 ramps to Greenfield Road are closed and detoured, and Greenfield Road over M-153 is reduced to a single lane in each direction.
- Northbound and southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) is reduced to a single lane between US-12 (Michigan Avenue) and Cherry Hill Road in Dearborn.
- Westbound US-12 (Michigan Avenue) is reduced to a single lane from Howe Road to Heywood Street in the city of Wayne.
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