September 5, 2014 at 1:00 am

Tom Greenwood

Alternate routes to go up north, to Lions game

Itís early September, and while itís still warm and summery, Michigan is on the cusp of yet another glorious fall.

Which means thereís still plenty of time left for weekend trips up north, but construction is still scheduled on Interstate 75.

Hereís what you should know: In Bay County, the Michigan Department of Transportation will begin to close lanes on the freeway Friday as part of a $15 million project to reconstruct 3 Ĺ miles of freeway from Pinconning Road north to the Bay/Arenac county line.

Motorists can expect to find one lane closed in each direction the first three weekends in September.

MDOT is suggesting M-13 as an alternate route with NB motorists exiting at Linwood or Pinconning and traveling east to NB M-13, then heading west on M-61 to get back to I-75.

The alternate route for SB drives is vice versa.

OK, after returning from up north, itís time to go to the Lions game on Monday night. Whatís the traffic situation?

MDOT has you covered with its Getting to the Game website at for construction and traffic information.

Hereís the road layout for the game:

■ Woodward is closed between Adams and Larned as part of the M-1 Rail project.

Woodward has three lanes open (north, south and center turn) between Adams and Mack/Martin Luther King and Warren and Grand Boulevard.

■I-96 is closed between Newburgh and Telegraph. The I-96 express lanes/ramps are closed between the Southfield Freeway and Telegraph. Schoolcraft has one lane open between I-275 to U.S. 24.

■ Fort, in Detroit, is closed between Oakwood and Miller with one lane open between Miller and Dearborn Street.

Hereís a another road closure thatís a bit close to home.

The Road Commission for Oakland County will close Fenton Road/South Holly Road between Hickory Ridge and the village of Fenton at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The closure is to replace a culvert.
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