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MDOT construction season remains strong as summer comes to an end

LANSING, Mich. ­- As summer turns to fall, temperatures become cooler, days grow shorter, and Michigan students return to school. Seasonal changes can impact road conditions and road safety. It is important to remember fall does not mark the end of Michigan’s road construction season. In fact, depending on weather conditions, many road and bridge projects will last through November.

2023 saw a busy construction season and many road projects have been completed, but a number will remain active as crews wrap up work. In addition, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) uses the fall months to perform necessary maintenance, such as pavement marking and pothole patching, before winter weather sets in.

That is why MDOT is asking all road users to remain alert and focused as they travel through work zones. Road construction is dangerous work year-round, but it can be especially challenging in fall due to changes in weather, travel patterns, and construction fatigue.

Keeping our work zones safe requires everyone’s full attention. Practicing positive driving behaviors like reducing speeds, eliminating distractions, and remaining calm can save lives. By being respectful and safe drivers, we can achieve zero deaths on our roads and in our work zones. Remember: You play a role in work zone safety. Work with us.

As a reminder, Michigan has passed a hands-free law, making it illegal to manually use a cell phone or other mobile electronic device while operating a vehicle on Michigan roads. Learn more about the hands-free law at

Beat construction frustration by being prepared for road and bridge work using MDOT’s Mi Drive website at In addition to showing current and upcoming work on I, M and US routes, the website also shows current traffic incidents that may cause delays.

MDOT Media Contacts

Bay Region Communications Representative Jocelyn Garza, 989-245-7117
Grand Region Communications Representative John Richard, 616-262-1565
North Region Communications Representative James Lake, 906-250-0993
Metro Region Communications Representative Diane Cross, 248-752-0336
Superior Region Communications Representative Dan Weingarten, 906-250-4809
Southwest Region Communications Representative Nick Schirripa, 269-208-7829
University Region Communications Representative Aaron Jenkins, 517-243-9075