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Featured Region & Major Highway Projects


The following are select Region Highway and Major Highway projects that are contributing to MDOT’s focus on equity and inclusion, transportation resiliency, and Complete Streets and multimodal accommodations. More info on these projects can be found through the links provided below.

Regional Highway Program & Statewide Operations Projects

Bay Region

I-475 Rebuilding

Work Activity: 2026-2028

Location: City of Flint

5YTP Focus Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Complete Streets/Multimodal, Rebuilding Michigan Program

Project Description: I-475 is an interstate bypass route serving downtown Flint. A planning and environmental linkages (PEL) study was completed last year, identifying alternatives that reflect the vision and values of the greater community. MDOT is examining the potential to "right-size" the interstate through a potential lane reduction while also looking at the possibility for enhanced bridges for better connectivity in the community through multimodal transportation, such as nonmotorized paths, sidewalks, and greenspace.

More information on the I-475 rebuilding project is available at the MDOT project webpage.

Grand Region

I-96 Rebuilding Between Bliss Road and M-66

Work Activity: 2024-2025

Location: Ionia County

5YTP Focus Areas: Transportation Resiliency, Rebuilding Michigan Program

Project Description: I-96 is the only east-west interstate that connects Grand Rapids to Lansing, Detroit, and international markets. Starting in 2024, with Rebuilding Michigan Program (RBMP) financing, MDOT will rebuild I-96 between Bliss Road and M-66, with joint repairs between M-66 and Sunfield Road. The project includes upgrading culverts to maximize natural stream flow, addressing higher rainfall events and reducing the potential of flooding over the road, as well as resurfacing the existing carpool lot.

More information on the I-96 project is available on the MDOT RBMP webpage.

Metro Region

US-12 Rebuilding

Expected Work Activity: 2025

Location: City of Detroit

5YTP Focus Areas: Transportation Resiliency, Rebuilding Michigan Program

Project Description: This project will rebuild 1.9 miles of US-12 (Michigan Avenue) from I-96 to Cass Avenue to create a multimodal corridor in downtown and Corktown Detroit. The project will include dedicated transit and connected and automated vehicle (CAV) lanes between I-96 and M-1, state-of-the-art improvements for pedestrian, cyclists, and transit users, as well as mid-block crossings, curb bumpouts, dedicated turn lanes, restriction of through-lanes, and relocation of transit stops to improve pedestrian safety.

More information on the US-12 project is available at the MDOT studies webpage.

North Region

M-72 and M-22 Rebuilding from West of US-31 to Cherry Bend Road

Work Activity: 2025

Location: Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, and Leelanau County

5YTP Focus Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: This project will involve rebuilding 2.2 miles of M-72 (Grandview Parkway) from US-31 (Division Street) to M-22 and M-22 (SW Bay Shore Drive) from M-72 to Cherry Bend Road in Traverse City and Elmwood Township. This project will restore the surface condition and ride quality to good condition, address drainage issues, replace sidewalks and nonmotorized paths, improve connections to the Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) trail, upgrade Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps, and install a roundabout at the M-72/M-22 intersection.

More information on the M-72/M-22 rebuilding project is available at the MDOT project webpage.

Southwest Region

I-94/M-63 Rebuilding from Central Avenue to Blossomland and Bicentennial Bridges

Work Activity: 2027-2028

Location: City of St. Joseph

5YTP Focus Areas: Transportation Resiliency, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: In partnership with the City of St. Joseph, this project will involve replacing pavement, storm, and sanitary sewers, as well as the water main along M-63/I-94 Business Loop (BL). Paved areas are being updated to accommodate nonmotorized and streetscape improvements. This project is utilizing an innovative contracting method to support the city, contractor, and MDOT working together to deliver the community’s vision for the downtown.

More information on the I-94/M-63 project can be obtain by reaching out to the MDOT Southwest Region.

Superior Region

M-123 Rebuilding

Work Activity: 2026

Location: Paradise

5YTP Focus Areas: Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: This project will involve rebuilding 0.4 miles to provide 11-foot lanes, 6-foot shoulders, and new drainage improvements. M-123 serves as a designated off-road vehicle (ORV) trail and MDOT has been engaged with the community to develop a solution to provide separate shoulder ORV trails, new pedestrian sidewalks, and a shared-use path. Paradise is also seeking funds to add other streetscape elements to the project to visually enhance the look of the downtown area.

More information on the M-123 project can be obtained by reaching out to the MDOT Superior Region.

University Region

I-94 Business Loop (BL) Rebuilding from Dwight Street to Bender Street

Work Activity: 2027

Location: City of Jackson

5YTP Focus Areas: Transportation Resiliency, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: This project will involve rebuilding 1.3 miles on I-94 BL from Dwight Street to Bender Street, with the goal of improving safety, traffic flow, lighting, and nonmotorized facilities. The project will include curb and gutter replacement, signal modernization, and upgrades to the storm sewer and water main. Community outreach and engagement is planned to provide input on pedestrian safety improvement and nonmotorized facilities for the project.

More information on the I-94 BL project can be obtained by reaching out to the MDOT University Region.

Major Highway Projects

I-94 Modernization

Work Activity: Ongoing with 2053 completion expected

Location: City of Detroit

5YTP Focus Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Transportation Resiliency, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: The I-94 Modernization Project addresses the rebuilding of 7 miles from east of the I-96/I-94 interchange to east of Conner Avenue in the city of Detroit. Included are rebuilding 67 bridges and two major interchanges at M-10 (Lodge Freeway) and I-75 (Chrysler Freeway), widening shoulders, and adding one lane in each direction to relieve congestion, lengthening entrance and exit ramps, and providing other improvements to increase safety and provide greater mobility for motorized and nonmotorized transportation.

Visit www.I94Detroit.org for updates.

Gordie Howe International Bridge

Work Activity: Ongoing with completion to be determined

Location: City of Detroit

5YTP Focus Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Transportation Resiliency, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: The Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB) is a new freeway-to-freeway border crossing system between Detroit, Michigan, and Windsor, Ontario. With direct connections to highways in each country, the crossing will improve the flow of international trade between the United States and Canada. In addition, the project is investing in improvements near the U.S. Port of Entry (POE), including five pedestrian bridges crossing I-75, a 6-foot protected cycle track on Fort Street between Green and Junction streets, and a greenway to connect pedestrians and cyclists from the GHIB to I-75 crossings and the pedestrian bridge at Junction Street. The GHIB will be publicly owned by the State of Michigan and the government of Canada, with the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) overseeing the work of the public-private partnership (P3), managing the concession agreement and payments, and setting and collecting tolls.

More information on the project can be found at www.GordieHoweInternationalBridge.com.

Blue Water Bridge Plaza

Work Activity: 2023-2025

Location: City of Port Huron

5YTP Focus Areas: Transportation Resiliency, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: The Blue Water Bridge (BWB) spans the St. Clair River and carries international traffic between Port Huron, Michigan, and Point Edward and Sarnia, Ontario. Located near the I-94/I-69 interchange, the bridge is a critical gateway with Canada. This project is anticipated to improve air quality with more inspection booths and secondary inspection areas, reducing the number of waiting trucks. The onsite examination facility will reduce the risk of undetected hazardous goods moving through local streets. Additionally, local city streets and entrances will be improved to allow clear egress to the plaza, and a new duty-free store will be built and located in the outbound direction, accessible without using local roads. All buildings will be certified LEED Silver with much attention given to sustainability.

More information on the BWB Plaza project can be found on the MDOT project webpage.

Modernize I-75

Work Activity: Ongoing with 2025 Completion Expected

Location: Oakland County

5YTP Focus Areas: Equity and Inclusion, Transportation Resiliency, Complete Streets/Multimodal

Project Description: The I-75 Modernization Project encompasses the widening and rebuilding of approximately 18 miles of urban and rural freeway in Oakland County, along with the implementation of the first high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in Michigan. The project also includes rebuilding several pedestrian bridges for improved safety and ADA accessibility; providing new noise walls for communities in Hazel Park, Madison Heights, Royal Oak, and Troy; and a storage and drainage tunnel to reduce the number of sewer overflows into the Red Run Drain, Clinton River, and Lake St. Clair. Up-to-date information on improvements can be found at Modernize75.com.

More information on the Modernize 75 project can be found on the Modernize 75 webpage.