Nearly all freeways reopened in Metro Detroit after record-breaking flooding

Contact: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications,
Agency: Transportation

Fast Facts:

- Southbound I-75 is reopened between 8 Mile Road and 11 Mile Road in Oakland and Wayne counties. Northbound I-75 to reopen soon between 8 Mile Road and I-696.
- I-94 is reopened at 10 Mile Road in Macomb County, and at Michigan Avenue in Wayne County.
- I-696 is reopened in each direction between I-94 and Woodward Avenue in Macomb and Oakland counties.
- M-10 is reopened between M-8 (Davison Freeway) and Linwood in Wayne County.
- M-39 (Southfield Freeway) is reopened between I-94 and Ford Road in Wayne County.

August 13, 2014 -- After record-breaking rainfall closed five freeways at the same time in Metro Detroit, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has gotten nearly all the routes reopened in less than 48 hours. The round-the-clock work began late Monday, Aug. 11, and has been completed this afternoon, Aug. 13.

MDOT's maintenance crews, along with state and county partners and contractors, moved record-breaking amounts of rainfall from the freeways. Crews worked diligently to get pump stations working, address electrical issues, and remove debris from the roads, including mud and abandoned vehicles.

"Metro Detroit has not experienced a rain event like this in more than a century," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "I'm exceedingly proud of the hard-working men and women at MDOT who worked around the clock to restore mobility on southeast Michigan freeways. We also want to thank motorists for their patience during this time." MDOT has been doing safety checks on affected infrastructure since Monday evening and will continue to assess for further damage caused by the storm. Repair costs have not been estimated yet but are expected to be significant. Problems already identified include compromised pavement, slope washout, and other issues under bridges. Further extensive cleanup is expected, including catch basins and sweeping the road surface. Preliminary cleanup costs are estimated to be around $500,000.

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