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Gov. Whitmer Continues to Fix the Damn Roads as Work Resumes on M-59


March 10, 2022 



Gov. Whitmer Continues to Fix the Damn Roads as Work Resumes on M-59 


LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Whitmer today announced that drivers will start seeing activity on M-59 between Elizabeth Road and I-94 in Macomb County this week as work resumes on the two-year project to rebuild 4.5 miles of M-59. There will be daily intermittent shoulder and lane closures on both eastbound and westbound M-59 to prepare for the project. The funding for this $63 million dollar project, which is expected to be completed by late 2022, is made possible by Governor Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan plan.  


"We are keeping our foot on the gas to fix the damn roads across the state, which will keep drivers safe and save them time and money," said Governor Whitmer. "I am proud that my Rebuilding Michigan plan continues to make record progress to fix our roads and bridges with the right mix and materials, so they stay fixed. Since I took office, Michigan has repaired, rebuilt, or replaced over 13,000 lane miles of road and over 900 bridges, supporting nearly 82,000 jobs. This project to rebuild M-59 will add to that total and continue to support even more good-paying jobs in these communities." 


"M-59 is an important Macomb County artery, and I want to thank the hard-working men and women for their ongoing commitment to this project, especially during these challenging times," said MDOT Director Paul C. Ajegba. "I'd also like to thank drivers for their patience and the owners of the many businesses for their support as we make enhancements that will provide benefits for years to come." 


Beginning Tuesday, March 15, weather permitting, westbound M-59 will be shifted to the two right lanes from I-94 to Elizabeth Road. This will allow for the rebuilding of the median lanes, which should be completed by mid-July when traffic will shift into the newly rebuilt lanes and rebuilding of the right lanes will occur. 


Beginning Wednesday, March 16, weather permitting, eastbound M-59 work will begin with the right lane closed from Elizabeth Road to I-94 to allow crews to build a temporary lane. Starting the week of March 21, eastbound traffic will be shifted to the right with two lanes open. Crews will be rebuilding the median lanes, which should be completed by mid-July when traffic will be shifted onto the new lanes and rebuilding of the right lanes will occur.   


The first phase of this project, which supports 800 jobs, began in March 2021 to rebuild M-59 from Romeo Plank to Elizabeth Road. 


Rebuilding Michigan  

The governor's Rebuilding Michigan program is fixing the damn roads while supporting over 45,000 jobs. The $3.5 billion plan will continue rebuilding state highways and bridges that are critical to the economy and carry the most traffic without an increase at the pump. Rebuilding Michigan seeks long-term road health and improvements to the condition of the state's infrastructure. The program will help Michiganders drive their kids to school, commute to work, run errands, or go up north more safely and smoothly. Investments in roads and bridges also help small businesses get the resources they need, where they need them on time. 


Project details can be found at the Rebuilding Michigan dashboard.    


M-59 Macomb County graphic