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Public meeting Oct. 24 to discuss future I-75/M-32 interchange improvements in Gaylord

GAYLORD, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will have a second open house public meeting to continue discussion of a 2025-2027 project to replace the I-75 bridges over M-32 in Gaylord and rebuild M-32 between Edelweiss Village Parkway/Meecher Road and Wisconsin Avenue. This project provides an opportunity to consider other design options for this interchange to improve traffic flow, access for all users, and safety while upgrading the infrastructure.

The meeting will include brief presentations at 4:15 and 5:15 p.m.

Who:
MDOT North Region and Gaylord Transportation Service Center (TSC) staff
MDOT consultant representatives
Interested members of the public

When:
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023
4 - 6 p.m.

Where:
Jay’s Sporting Goods, Headwaters Room
1151 S. Otsego Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735

Accessibility:
Attendees who require mobility, visual, hearing, written or other assistance for effective participation should contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or CurryO@Michigan.gov, preferably at least five business days prior to the scheduled meeting. Forms are located on the Title VI webpage. Requests made after this timeframe will be evaluated and honored to the extent possible.

Background:
Beginning in late 2025 or 2026, MDOT plans to replace the northbound and southbound I-75 bridges over M-32 in Gaylord and rebuild M-32 between Edelweiss Village Parkway/Meecher Road and Wisconsin Avenue. These bridges were built in 1961, are currently in poor condition, and need to be replaced. This provides an opportunity to consider alternatives for this interchange that provide safe and efficient movement of people and goods through the Gaylord area and accommodate future increased traffic.

MDOT is currently considering three main options: replacing the current bridges generally in the current configuration but with other improvements at the interchange, a diverging diamond interchange (DDI), or a single-point urban interchange (SPUI). 

MDOT has created a project website with information about the project, possible designs, and a public comment form.  

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