MDOT lifts work zone restrictions over the Fourth of July weekend

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Published: Jun. 27, 2017 at 6:27 PM EDT
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To make travel safer and more efficient, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is removing lane restrictions on nearly 75 percent of its road and bridge projects statewide.

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."

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 and app at

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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.

Upper Peninsula

- M-553, Marquette County, has lane shifts and narrow lanes north of County Road 480.

- US-2, Delta County, has one lane open in each direction between County Road 426 and 18.3 Road.

- US-2, Dickinson County, has one lane open in each direction between Pine Mountain Road and Moon Lake Road.

- US-41 (Front Street) in Hancock, Houghton County, has one lane open in each direction between Reservation Street and the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Westbound M-26 traffic is detoured through Hancock from Ripley Street to southbound US-41.

- US-41 in Marquette, Marquette County, has one lane open in each direction between McClellan Avenue and Front Street.

- US-41 in Negaunee, Marquette County, has one lane open in each direction between Water Street And Iroquois Drive.

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

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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.

- Old US-131, Wexford County, is closed between Cadillac and Manton, and is detoured via Boon Road, US-131, and M-42/US-131 Business Route.

- US-31, Emmet County, is closed north of Pellston and detoured on M-68, I-75, and East Levering Road.

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-44 (Belding Road), Kent County, is closed and detoured between Wolverine Boulevard and Blakely Drive. Lane closures under flag control from Blakely Drive to Myers Lake Avenue.

- M-120, Muskegon County, will be closed to southbound traffic from Giles Road to N. Causeway Street. Traffic will be detoured via Giles and Whitehall roads.

- US-131, Kent County, has a split-merge traffic shift between 14 Mile and 17 Mile roads with two lanes open in each direction (two northbound lanes and one southbound lane on the northbound side, and one southbound lane on the southbound side).

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 the eastbound lanes shifted from Hennessey Road to the Van Buren County line.

- I-94, Berrien County, has two eastbound lanes open from Bridgman (Exit 16) to Stevensville (Exit 23).

- I-94, Van Buren County, has two lanes open in each direction over the Paw Paw River with a traffic shift.

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

- US‐12 in Three Oaks, Berrien County, has one lane open with a temporary traffic signal.

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

- 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.

- M-24, Lapeer County, has traffic shifts and lane closures in effect from Nepessing Road to Davis Lake Road. One lane will be open in each direction.

- M-83 in Frankenmuth, Saginaw County, has one lane open in each direction over the Cass River.

- US-127 Business Route in Mt. Pleasant, Isabella County, is closed at North Mission Road with traffic detoured to M-20 (Pickard Road) and US-127.

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

- I-94 Business Loop (Michigan Avenue) in Jackson, Jackson County, will have one eastbound lane open with westbound traffic detoured between Brown Street and Steward Avenue.

- US-12, Washtenaw County, has two eastbound lanes open from Dorset Avenue to Ecorse Road for road and bridge work.

- US-23, Washtenaw and Livingston counties, will have traffic shifted between 8 Mile Road and Barker Road, with ramp closures.

For more information, contact MDOT University Region Communications Representative Kari Arend at 517-206-1609. Follow the University Region on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDOT_LanJxn and www.twitter.com/MDOT_A2.

Metro Detroit
Macomb County

- M-59 has one lane closed between M-53 and Garfield Road for reconstruction.

Oakland County

- 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.

- Old M-59 (Auburn Road) has the eastbound lanes closed between Crooks Avenue and Livernois Avenue for reconfiguration and utility work.

Wayne County

- The Calvert Avenue bridge will be closed over M-10 for bridge construction.

- Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard is closed over M-10 for bridge replacement.

- 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.

- M-85 (Fort Street) has one southbound lane open near Outer Drive for bridge work.

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.