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MDOT lifts traffic restrictions to ease Labor Day holiday travel
August 30, 2023
- MDOT is suspending work and lifting traffic restrictions wherever possible this holiday weekend (93 out of 166 projects) to ease congestion and increase safety.
- Although some equipment and traffic configurations will remain over the weekend, suspending construction operations improves safety for workers and motorists.
- Drivers are reminded new hands-free driving laws took effect June 30.
LANSING, Mich. - This Labor Day weekend, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is removing lane restrictions on 56 percent of its road and bridge projects statewide to ease traffic delays for holiday travelers.
Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, and continuing until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 93 out of 166 projects statewide will have lane restrictions removed. While motorists will see suspended operations in most MDOT work zones for the weekend, drivers are advised that equipment and certain traffic configurations may remain in place, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures.
Travelers are also reminded that, for safety and security, the Mackinac Bridge will be closed to public traffic on Labor Day from 6:30 a.m. to noon during the Annual Bridge Walk. Southbound I-75 and US-2 traffic will be stopped at Exit 344 on the north side of the bridge; northbound I-75 traffic will be stopped at Exit 337 on the south end. For more information, visit the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) website at www.MackinacBridge.org/Walk or call the MBA at 906-643-7600.
"Another summer of significant investment in our roads and bridges is drawing to a close, but that doesn't mean the work is finished for the year," said State Transportation Director Bradley C. Wieferich. "Projects will continue on past the Labor Day holiday through the fall, including those projects made possible thanks to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program. We ask all drivers to keep driving safely through work zones and follow all posted signs for their safety, their family's safety, and for road workers' safety. Slow down, stay alert and avoid distractions in all work zones. Everyone deserves to make it home each and every night."
Drivers are also reminded that Michigan recently became the 26th state to establish hands-free driving laws. These new laws took effect June 30. More information is available on the Michigan State Police Office of Highway Safety Planning website.
MDOT oversees I, M, and US routes and is responsible for nearly 10,000 miles of state highways, which carry more than 50 percent of all traffic and approximately 70 percent of commercial traffic in Michigan.
The following is a list of work zones that will remain active or have lane restrictions during Labor Day weekend. If necessary, detour routes will be posted at the project location. All closures are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on MDOT projects, go to the Mi Drive website at www.Michigan.gov/Drive.
- I-75, Chippewa County, will have one northbound lane open over the Pine River.
- M-35 in Gwinn, Marquette County, has northbound traffic detoured via M-553 to Southgate Drive and back to M-35.
- M-64, Ontonagon County, is closed over the Mineral River near White Pine. A detour is posted.
- M-69 in Crystal Falls, Iron County, has one alternating lane open at the Paint River bridge via temporary signals.
- M-123 north of Newberry, Luce County, has one lane open in alternating directions via temporary signals.
- M-129, Chippewa County, is closed to southbound traffic between 18th Avenue and Three Mile Road. Detour via I-75 Business Spur to Three Mile Road and back to M-129.
- US-2 near Powers, Menominee County, will have one lane closed over the Big Cedar River via temporary signals.
- US-45, Ontonagon County, has one lane open in alternating directions over the East Branch of the Ontonagon River via temporary signals south of Rockland.
- US-141, Iron County, has one lane open in alternating directions over the Net River via temporary signals.
For more information, contact MDOT Superior Region Communications Representative Dan Weingarten at 906-250-4809. Follow the Superior Region at www.twitter.com/MDOT_UP.
Northern Lower Peninsula
- I-75, Cheboygan County, will have northbound traffic shifted to the southbound side with a movable barrier wall.
- M-55/I-75 Business Loop in West Branch, Ogemaw County, will have a lane closure and traffic shift.
- M-65, Iosco County, will have temporary traffic signals at Johnson Creek and the Au Gres River.
- US-31 in Alanson, Emmet County, will have southbound traffic detoured on Milton Road.
- US-31 in Manistee, Manistee County, has the bascule bridge closed with traffic detoured on city streets.
- US-131, Wexford County, has lane closures on the bridges over 50 Road, along with a traffic shift.
For more information, contact MDOT North Region Communications Representative James Lake at 906-250-0993. Follow the North Region at www.twitter.com/MDOT_Traverse.
- 109th Avenue, Allegan County, is closed at I-196.
- M-40 (Lincoln Avenue), Allegan County, has a lane shift between 136th and 138th avenues.
- I-96 in Grand Rapids has a traffic shift between M-11 (28th Street) and Forest Hill Avenue. Burton Street remains closed over I-96.
- I-196, Ottawa County, has one eastbound lane and two westbound lanes open between Zeeland and Hudsonville. The I-196 Business Route (Byron Road) ramps to eastbound I-196 are closed.
- M-37, Lake County, has one lane open with temporary traffic signals at the Pere Marquette River.
- M-66, Mecosta County, is closed and detoured between County Line Road and 2 Mile Road.
- Old US-131 (Northland Drive), Mecosta County, has one lane open with temporary traffic signals between 21 Mile Road and Hoover Road.
- US-31 Business Route (Seaway Drive) in Muskegon, Muskegon County, has one lane open in each direction between Hoyt Street and Shettler Road.
- US-31 Business Route (Shoreline Drive), Muskegon County, has one lane open in both directions between 7th and Terrace streets.
For more information, contact MDOT Grand Region Communications Representative John Richard at 616-262-1565. Follow the Grand Region at www.twitter.com/MDOT_West.
- I-69, Eaton and Calhoun counties, will have the following restrictions:
- One lane open in each direction between I-94 and Stine Road.
- The southbound I-69 ramp to Ainger Road is closed and detoured.
- The northbound I-69 ramp to westbound I-94 is closed and detoured.
- The M-78 ramp to southbound I-69 is closed and detoured.
- The Turkeyville Rest Area on southbound I-69 is closed.
- I-94, Berrien County, has two lanes open in each direction between Empire Avenue and I-94 Business Loop (Red Arrow Highway) Exit 23.
- I-94, Calhoun County, has two lanes open in each direction between Helmer Road and M-96 (Michigan Avenue).
- I-94, Kalamazoo County, has the westbound ramp to Portage Road closed. Portage Road has one lane open in each direction.
- M-96, Calhoun County, has one lane open in each direction with a traffic shift from Eden Street to 15 Mile Road in Marshall.
- US-12, Branch County, has single-lane closures in place with traffic shifts from Willow Lane to West Old Chicago Street in Coldwater, and one lane open over the Coldwater River with a temporary signal.
- US-31, Berrien County, has one lane open in each direction between US-12 and M-139.
- US-131, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties, has one lane open in each direction between Schoolcraft and Three Rivers.
For more information, contact MDOT Southwest Region Communications Representative Nick Schirripa at 269-208-7829. Follow the Southwest Region at www.twitter.com/MDOT_Southwest.
Central Michigan and Thumb
- I-69, Lapeer County, will have one lane open in each direction between M-24 and Lake George Road with a traffic shift. The eastbound I-69 ramps at M-24, Wilder Road, and Lake Pleasant Road are closed.
- I-69, St. Clair County, has lane closures and traffic shifts in place from M-19 to Taylor Road. The westbound ramps at Wales Center Road and Taylor Road are closed and detoured.
- M-13, Arenac County, will have one lane open in each direction from Bay-Arenac Road to Bernthal Road.
- M-15 in Atlas Township, Genesee County will have one lane open in each direction with temporary signals between Horton Road and Cathy Drive, and between Hill Road and Maple Avenue.
- M-20 in Mt. Pleasant, Isabella County, has one lane open in each direction with a center left-turn lane from Summerton Road to Mission Road.
- M-52, Shiawassee County, is closed at Estey Drain and detoured via Johnston Road, State Road, and Juddville Road.
- US-10, Bay County, will have one lane open in each direction with all traffic shifted to the eastbound lanes. The southbound I-75/westbound US-10 ramps are closed. 3 Mile Road is closed over US-10.
For more information, contact MDOT Bay Region Communications Representative Jocelyn Garza at 989-245-7117. Follow the Bay Region at www.twitter.com/MDOT_Bay.
- The following local streets are closed in Jackson, Jackson County, for railroad work:
- Mechanic and Jackson streets are closed at the railroad tracks.
- Detroit Street is closed at Mechanic Street.
- Van Buren Street is closed at Jackson Street.
- I-69, Clinton County, has one lane closed in each direction at Peacock Road.
- I-75, Monroe County, has the following restrictions:
- One lane closed in each direction with a traffic shift between Erie and Otter Creek roads.
- The northbound exit ramp to Otter Creek Road is closed.
- The Luna Pier Road ramp to northbound I-75 is closed.
- I-94, Jackson County, has the westbound on and off ramps at Parma Road closed and detoured.
- I-96, Eaton and Ingham counties, has traffic shifted between Lansing Road and Washington Road. Billwood Highway and Washington Avenue are closed over I-96.
- I-496, Ingham County, has the following restrictions:
- One lane is open in each direction between Cedar Street and Waverly Road.
- The Capitol Avenue bridge over I-496 is closed.
- Southbound Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard has the right two lanes closed over I-496.
- The westbound I-496 exit to Grand Avenue is closed.
- The Martin Luther Kind Jr. Boulevard ramp to westbound I-496 is closed.
- The Walnut Street ramp to eastbound I-496 is closed.
- The eastbound I-496 exit to Cedar Street/Larch Street is closed.
- M-43/M-100 intersection, Eaton County, has the following restrictions:
- Westbound M-43 will have one open through-lane with the right-turn lane closed.
- Northbound M-100 will have one open through-lane with the right-turn lane closed.
- Southbound M-100 will have the right-turn lane closed.
- M-49, Hillsdale County, has the northbound lanes closed at Arkansas Road for a box culvert replacement project at Little Hog Creek; detour posted.
- M-99, Hillsdale County, has one southbound lane closed with a temporary traffic signal near Camden Road.
- US-23, Washtenaw County, has the following restrictions:
- Two lanes open in each direction between Stony Creek and I-94 with an 11-foot lane width restriction.
- One lane open in each direction between US-23 and Carpenter Road with an 11-foot width restriction.
- Stony Creek and Bemis roads are closed over US-23.
- US-127, Ingham County, has one lane closed in each direction between the Jackson County line and M-36.
For more information, contact MDOT University Region Communications Representative Aaron Jenkins at 517-243-9075. Follow the University Region at www.twitter.com/MDOT_LanJxn and www.twitter.com/MDOT_A2.
- I-94 has the westbound ramp from westbound 23 Mile Road closed.
- I-696 westbound service drive has one lane open at Bunert Road.
- M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) has two southbound lanes open between 9 Mile and 8 Mile roads.
- M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) has two lanes open in each direction between 14 Mile and Wellington Crest roads.
- M-19 has the ramp to westbound I-94 closed.
- I-75 has two lanes open in each direction between M-15 and the Oakland/Genesee county line.
- I-96 has two lanes open between Kent Lake Road and I-275, with ramp closures.
- I-696 has two lanes open between I-275 and Lahser Road, with ramp closures.
- M-1 (Woodward Avenue) will have two lanes open between M-102 (8 Mile Road) and I-696.
- M-1 (Woodward Avenue) has the northbound right lane closed from Sylvan Avenue to Main Street.
- Buchanan Street is closed over I-96.
- Cass Avenue is closed over I-94, including ramp closures.
- Grand Boulevard (MacArthur Bridge) bridge to Belle Isle has the right lane closed.
- Grand River Avenue is closed over I-94, including ramp closures.
- Larned Street is closed over I-375.
- Schaefer Highway is closed over I-96.
- I-94 has two westbound lanes open from Belleville Road to Rawsonville Road.
- I-275 has two lanes open from Eureka Road to 6 Mile Road.
- M-5 (Grand River Avenue) has three eastbound lanes open between M-102 (8 Mile Road) and Berg Road.
- M-85 (Fort Street) will have up to two lanes open at Outer Drive.
- M-102 (8 Mile Road) has two lanes open between M-1 (Woodward Avenue) and M-53 (Van Dyke Avenue).
- US-12 (Michigan Avenue) has two lanes open between Oakwood Boulevard and Greenfield Road.
- US-24 (Telegraph Road) has two lanes open in each direction between 6 Mile and 9 Mile roads.
For more information, contact MDOT Metro Region Communications Representative Diane Cross at 248-752-0336. Follow the Metro Region at www.twitter.com/MDOT_MetroDet.