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Major I-275 construction project begins today in Metro Detroit

May 2, 2016 by Steven M. Gursten

Here are some helpful resources  to help drivers prepare for delays and navigating construction zones

I-275 construction, image

MDOT is beginning construction today on I-275 between I-96 in Novi to 5 Mile Road in Livonia. This project will also include some ramp closures in the I-96/I-275/M-5 interchange, as well as weekend closures of I-696 through parts of Farmington Hills and Southfield.

All of this means slower drive times and inconvenience for local drivers in Metro Detroit.

It seems like just yesterday that workers finished construction on I-96 through Livonia with long-term closures. Now motorists who use the stretch of 275 to get from one part of I-96 to the other can expect delays.

The following initial projects will begin soon, according to the state:

  • Haggerty, Meadowbrook and 7 Mile Roads closed for bridge work and detoured, then opened after completed.
  • Southbound I-275 and interchange ramps are closed and detoured.
  • Eastbound I-96 to southbound I-275 closed and detoured.
  • Westbound I-696 from east of Lahser Road to I-275 closed and detoured for two weekends.
  • Westbound I-696 to southbound I-275 connector ramp closed and detoured.
  • Complete bridge work on Southbound I-275.

This is just the first phase of the project, with Southbound I-275 re-opening in the summer and the closure of Northbound I-275 to follow soon after. With southbound traffic needing to find alternatives, drivers should expect surface roads in the area, especially Haggerty Road, to become much more congested this summer.

To read more details about the project, including closures, detours and timing, visit MDOT’s new website on the project www.Revive275.com. Our own auto accident attorneys also encourage drivers who use I-275 to monitor this project through MDOT’s social media pages for notifications of exactly when each area will close and for how long.

And while driving through these areas during construction, please don’t forget – fines and points for speeding are doubled.  Always slow down in construction zones and watch for workers.

Here are some blog posts our attorneys wrote about driving through construction zones in Michigan. They specifically focus on how to protect construction workers from being hit by passing motorists and how we can all avoid or minimize the risk of being involved in a construction zone auto accident:

Tips to avoiding construction zone accidents

Do drivers who speed in construction zones deserve more lenient penalties?

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