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Whitmer Announces Major Bridge Repair Projects Starting Today
April 08, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2022
Gov. Whitmer Announces Major Bridge Repair Projects Starting Today in Genesee, Oakland, and Wayne Counties
In 2022, Gov. Whitmer is making the largest investment in state roads and bridges in Michigan’s history
LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that multiple bridge rebuilding projects are expected to begin today. The projects include the I-75 bridge repair project in Oakland County, the I-475 bridge rebuilding project in Genesee County, and the I-94 bridge replacement project in Wayne County. Based on economic modeling, these projects are expected to directly and indirectly support 9,455 jobs.
“Across Michigan, we are continuing to fix the damn roads, saving motorists time and money. Investments like these in Genesee, Oakland and Wayne Counties will ensure our bridges and roads are safe for years to come,” said Governor Whitmer. “These projects will support good-paying jobs in these communities and help emergency services, school buses, and families get to where they need to go safely and efficiently. My Rebuilding Michigan Plan and the recently enacted Building Michigan Together Plan are helping us fix our roads and bridges with the right mix and materials, making them much less susceptible to our notorious pothole seasons, all without raising taxes by a cent. 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.”
I-75 Bridge Project in Oakland County
I-75 will be closed in both directions between I-696 and the I-75 Business Loop (Square Lake Road) to set bridge beams on the overpasses at Gardenia and Lincoln avenues. In addition, 13 Mile Road will close between Mally and Concord drives to allow crews to safely set beams on the northbound I-75 bridge over 13 Mile Road starting at 8 p.m. Friday, April 8, and ending by 5 a.m. Monday, April 11. Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 8,000 jobs. More information including lane closures and detours can be found here.
I-94 Bridge Project in Wayne County
MDOT contract crews will be removing the Grand River overpass above I-94 in Detroit this weekend. This work will require closing I-94 between I-75 and I-96 starting at 9 p.m. Friday, April 8. Both directions of I-94 are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 11. This work is part of the I-94 Modernization Project investment to reconstruct the I-94 freeway in Detroit from east of the I-96/I-94 interchange to east of Conner Avenue. Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 185 jobs. More information including lane closures and detours can be found here.
I-475 Bridge Project in Genesee County
MDOT will close northbound I-475 from Bristol Road to I-69 to accommodate bridge demolition at the I-69/I-475 interchange. This work is part of a $100 million investment to rebuild nearly 2.5 miles of I-69 and complete extensive work to bridges at the I-69/I-475 interchange. Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 1,270 jobs. More information including lane closures and detours can be found here.
Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state's infrastructure.
Rebuilding Michigan Plan
Since Governor Whitmer took office, Michigan has repaired, rebuilt, or replaced 13,198 lane miles of road and 903 bridges, supporting nearly 82,000 jobs. Recently, Governor Whitmer signed the Building Michigan Together Plan, a bipartisan plan to invest nearly $5 billion in Michigan’s infrastructure, grow the economy, create jobs, and benefit families in every region of the state. The Building Michigan Together Plan calls for critical investments of $645 million in Michigan’s infrastructure, including $317 million for road and bridge programs, benefitting both state and local projects.