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After an $85 million investment and two years of construction, the Michigan Department of Transportation has reopened the Interstate-94/I-69 interchange in St. Clair County.

Construction on the massive project to reconstruct the interchange, as well as the I-69 business loop and Michigan Road, began in fall 2013 with the interchange reopening to traffic on Tuesday.

The reopening was great news for Derek Jones, who operates the Feed N’ Seed store on Lapeer Road, northeast of the interchange.

“It has had quite an impact on us for the last two years,” Jones said. “People on the road had a hard time getting to us most of the time. There would be traffic backup for about a quarter of a mile. It was awful for delivery trucks to bring supplies to us.”

Jones said the project forced him to leave for work early.

“And you could forget about going out for lunch,” Jones said. “It took 30 minutes just to drive back to work.”

According to MDOT, the average daily traffic count for the interchange is about 38,500 vehicles per day.

According to MDOT, the project included rebuilding six freeway-to-freeway ramps, the replacement of seven bridges, the installation of 7 million pounds of steel beams and the moving of more than a million yards of dirt.

There were periodic closures of the freeways but were limited to nights and only during the installation of bridge beams.

According to MDOT, traffic has been shifted back to its new alignment onto the new westbound I-94 pavement from Lapeer to Griswold.

The I-69 business loop is now open between 32nd and I-94 and all travel directions of the I-94/I-69 interchange are open. Michigan Road remains closed over the interchange but is expected to reopen in mid-October.

Intermittent lane closures will occur until mid-October for clean-up work.

In the past nine years, MDOT has invested more than $225 million to reconstruct more than 30 miles of freeway and 17 bridges along I-94 from the St. Clair County line to the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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