M-39 (Southfield Freeway) full closure begins Saturday, May 14, in Oakland and Wayne counties

Contact: Rob Morosi, MDOT Office of Communications,
Agency: Transportation

April 15, 2011 -- In order to limit the M-39 (Southfield Freeway) renovation project to only one construction season, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close the freeway between M-5 (Grand River Avenue) and M-10 (Lodge Freeway) on Saturday, May 14. The full closure will remain in place until the end of October. During the full closure, traffic will be detoured to US-24 (Telegraph Road).

The extended M-39 closure is required to complete the freeway pavement reconstruction between McNichols Road and M-10. In addition, crews will make extensive repairs to 24 overpasses, replace freeway lighting and drainage, and construct new screen walls that separate the freeway from the service drive on portions of the 14-mile long freeway.

"After extensive traffic simulation analysis and discussion with the community, a full freeway closure was the preferred option to ensure all work is completed in 2011," said Metro Region Engineer Tony Kratofil.

While the posted detour is Telegraph Road, MDOT encourages motorists to use one of the many available local detour routes that best fits their commute. However, commercial traffic will be required to use Telegraph Road.

In order to assist the motoring public, MDOT launched an M-39 project Web site. The site contains maps, a dedicated e-mail address for the project, and other related information. In addition, a video providing project details and timelines, "M-39 (Southfield Freeway) - Project Overview", is now playing at www.youtube.com/MichiganDOT.

For up-to-date information on this project, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: www.michigan.gov/drive. Follow MDOT at www.twitter.com/MichiganDOT or www.facebook.com/MichiganDOT.

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