The Michigan Department of Transportation reports that it will suspend work zone restrictions on nearly 75 percent of its road and bridge projects over the Fourth of July weekend to ease congestion and increase safety.
Although some equipment and traffic configurations will remain over the weekend, suspending construction operations improves safety for workers and motorists.
More Americans will travel for this 4th of July holiday than ever before, according to projections from AAA. That goes for Michigan, too. The auto club expects more than 1.48 million Michiganders to travel at least 50 miles from home for the Independence Day weekend, a 3.3 percent increase from last year’s holiday travel period. The last time Michigan’s travel volume for Independence Day weekend was higher was 15 years ago.
Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, June 30, and continuing until 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, 94 out of 129 projects statewide will have lane restrictions removed. While motorists will see suspended operations in most MDOT construction zones for the weekend, drivers are advised that equipment and certain traffic configurations, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures, may remain in place.
“Traveling to summer destinations in Michigan is always exciting. But driving is serious business and motorists need to focus at all times,” State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said. “Many of our work zones will be removed for holiday travel, but driver attentiveness must remain. Please drive with care as we celebrate our country’s independence.”
The following is a list of work zones that will remain active or have restrictions during the Fourth of July weekend. If necessary, detour routes will be posted at the project location.
Northern Lower Peninsula
- I-75, Ogemaw County, will have traffic shifts south of West Branch. The northbound I-75 West Branch Rest Area will be closed.
Central Michigan and Thumb
- I-75/I-675 interchange, Saginaw County, has lane closures and traffic shifts at the north junction between Exit 154 and Exit 160. Three lanes will be open in the peak direction of travel with a moveable barrier wall.
- I-75 has lane closures in effect at Square Lake Road for interchange reconstruction.
- I-75 has two lanes open in each direction on the northbound side of the freeway between Auburn Road and Coolidge Road. The following ramps are closed:
- Eastbound M-59 to southbound I-75, and
- The Adams Road entrance and exit ramps to and from southbound I-75.
- I-75 has the southbound lanes closed between Springwells Street and Northline Road for bridge work.
- I-75 has the southbound lanes closed at Goddard Road for bridge replacement.
- I-75 has the northbound ramp to westbound West Road closed for bridge widening.
- The I-75/M-10 interchange has ramp closures for bridge reconstruction.
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