Michigan roadwork stops to make 4th of July travel easier

This Fourth of July holiday, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is removing lane restrictions on about two-thirds of its road and bridge projects statewide to ease traffic delays for holiday travelers.

AAA Michigan estimates more than 1.6 million people from Michigan are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the days surrounding the Fourth of July holiday, a 5.5 percent increase from the 2017 holiday.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and continuing until 6 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 86 out of 131 projects statewide will have lane restrictions removed. While motorists will see suspended operations in most MDOT construction zones for the holiday, drivers are advised that equipment and certain traffic configurations, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures, may remain in place.

“With the Fourth falling in the middle of the week, it is difficult to know what travel patterns will be,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Unfortunately, we can’t suspend all of our projects for the entire week and meet deadlines for reopening vital roads. We will do our best to keep traffic moving and keep our work zones safe.”

Preliminary 2017 data shows that while the overall numbers of work zone crashes and injuries in them were down from the previous year, the number of people killed in those crashes were up. In early June, a construction worker on an I-75 project in Detroit was killed when a woman suspected to be under the influence of alcohol struck and killed him.

This video tells the story of how a split second of inattention in a work zone can turn into a heartbreaking incident: https://youtu.be/AimUG-y6cHA.

MDOT oversees I, M, and US routes and is responsible for nearly 10,000 miles of state highways, which carry more than 50 percent of all traffic and approximately 70 percent of commercial traffic in Michigan.

For up-to-date information on MDOT projects, view the list of statewide lane closures on the Mi Drive website at www.michigan.gov/drive.

The following is a list of work zones that will remain active or have lane restrictions during the Fourth of July holiday. If necessary, detour routes will be posted at the project location.

Upper Peninsula

– Emergency construction projects may be ongoing on US-41, M-26, and M-203 in Houghton County after recent flooding damage.

– I-75 Business Spur in Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, has two lanes open using temporary traffic signals.

– M-28, Gogebic County, is closed over Jackson Creek. Traffic is detoured on US-2 and M-26.

– M-35, Menominee County, will have traffic maintained over the Cedar River bridge with a temporary traffic signal.

– M-64 in Ontonagon, Ontonagon County, will be restricted to one lane in alternating directions over the Ontonagon River via temporary signals.

– US-2, Mackinac County, is closed over the Cut River with a posted detour.

– US-2/US-41, Delta County, has one lane open in each direction on the eastbound lanes from Gladstone to Rapid River.

– US-2/US-41/M-35, Delta County, has two lanes open between Mead Road and County Road 426 with a traffic shift.

– US-2/US-141, Dickinson County, has two lanes of US-2 open between Calvary Street and Dawn’s Lake Road with a traffic shift, with US-141 closed and detoured between East Breitung Avenue and US-2.

– US-41, Baraga County, will have traffic shifted with narrow lanes from Old US-41 to the Houghton County line.

For more information, contact MDOT Superior Region Communications Representative Dan Weingarten at 906-250-4809. Follow the Superior Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_UP.

Northern Lower Peninsula 

– M-18, Roscommon County, will have one lane open in alternating directions over I-75 via temporary signals.

– M-72, Kalkaska County, will have a traffic shift between Baggs Road and the village of Kalkaska.

– US-23, Iosco County, will have a traffic shift in northern East Tawas.

For more information, contact MDOT North Region Communications Representative James Lake at 906-250-0993. Follow the North Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_Traverse.

West Michigan

– M-37 in Grant, Newaygo County, will have the northbound lanes closed from 112th Avenue to 128th Avenue. Detour: east on 128th Avenue, north on Willow Avenue and west on 120th Avenue (truck and through-traffic will be detoured west on 112th Avenue).

– M-89, Allegan County, will have one lane open over the Kalamazoo River.

– US-10 Business Route (Chestnut Street) in Reed City, Osceola County, will be closed at Todd Avenue for water main work.

– US-31, Oceana County, will have one lane closed in both directions from Shelby Road to Polk Road. All ramps are open.

– US-131 in Algoma Township, Kent County, has lane closures and a traffic shift between 10 Mile and 14 Mile roads. The southbound US-131 ramp to 10 Mile Road and the 14 Mile Road ramp to southbound US-131 will also be closed.

For more information, contact MDOT Grand Region Communications Representative John Richard at 616-262-1565. Follow the Grand Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_West.

Southwest Michigan

– I-94, Berrien County, has two lanes open between New Buffalo and the state line with a traffic shift.

– I-94, Van Buren County, has two eastbound lanes open between 56th Street and M-51 with a traffic shift.

– I-194/M-66, Calhoun County, has one lane open in each direction over I-94 in Battle Creek.

– M-66, St. Joseph County, has one lane open over the St. Joseph River with a temporary signal.

– M-99 in Albion, Calhoun County, is closed and detoured.

– US-12, Berrien County, has one lane open over the Galien River near New Buffalo with a temporary traffic signal.

– US-12, Branch County, is closed at the Indiana Northeastern Railroad bridge in Coldwater and detoured on Snow Prairie Road and M-86.

For more information, contact MDOT Southwest Region Communications Representative Nick Schirripa at 269-208-7829. Follow the Southwest Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_Southwest.

Central Michigan and Thumb

– Stewart Avenue in Flint will have one lane open in each direction between M-54 and James O. Cole Boulevard.

– I-69 in Flint has two lanes open in each direction on the eastbound roadway from I-75 to I-475.

– I-75, Genesee County, has the northbound shoulder closed at the Arlene pump station.

– M-20 in Midland, Midland County, has one lane open in each direction on the bridge over the Tittabawassee River.

– M-46, Saginaw County, is closed at Raucholz Road for culvert replacement and detoured.

– M-138, Tuscola County, is closed between Reese Road and Vassar Road for drain relocation. Detour posted.

For more information, contact MDOT Bay Region Communications Representative Jocelyn Hall at 989-245-7117. Follow the Bay Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_Bay.

Southern Michigan

None.

For more information, contact MDOT University Region Communications Representative Aaron Jenkins at 630-484-6423. Follow the University Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_LanJxn andwww.twitter.com/MDOT_A2.

Metro Detroit

– 14th Street is closed over I-75 for bridge work.

– Warren Avenue has shoulder closures over I-75.

– I-75 has shoulder closures under I-375.

– I-75 has three northbound lanes open and one southbound lane open between Springwells Street and Clark Street.

– I-94 has the eastbound exit to Chene Avenue closed and Chene Avenue is closed over I-94.

– I-94 has all ramps closed at M-3 for bridge work.

– I-375 has shoulder closures under M-3.

– M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) has two northbound lanes open and one southbound lane open over I-94 for bridge work.

Macomb County

– I-696 has all westbound lanes closed from I-94 to Dequindre Road for reconstruction.

– M-59 (Hall Road) has three westbound lanes open with traffic shifted from Romeo Plank Road to Garfield Road.

– M-59 (Hall Road) has three eastbound lanes open from Hayes Road to Garfield Road.

Oakland County

– M-5 has shoulder closures at Maple Road.

Wayne County 

– I-75 has all southbound lanes closed from Springwells Street to the US-24 (Telegraph Road) connector.

– I-75 has two southbound lanes open from the US-24 (Telegraph Road) connector to Sibley Road.

– I-75 has three northbound lane open from Sibley Road to Clark Street.

For more information, contact MDOT Metro Region Communications Representative Diane Cross at 248-752-0336. Follow the Metro Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_MetroDet.

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