MDOT to close 4 major M-5 ramps in Oakland Co. Monday

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Getting on and off the freeway at Grand River and other areas in Oakland County is going to get a lot trickier beginning Monday morning.

Beginning at 10 a.m., the Michigan Department of Transportation will close four major M-5, ramps for about three weeks, transportation officials said, affecting tens of thousands of motorists. The ramps to be closed are:

■Northbound M-5 ramp to 12 Mile

■ West Interstate 696 ramp to north M-5

■ West M-5 ramp to north M-5

■North Interstate 275 ramp to north M-5

“We’ve put it off as long as we can, but it has to be done,” said Diane Cross, a MDOT spokeswoman. “We know it’s going to be painful until we have them open again. We’ve got to get this work done before the ground freezes.”

The department is closing the ramps so work crews can replace the concrete.

The work is part of MDOT’s I-275 revamp. Under the $75 million project, the state is removing and replacing 13 miles of I-275 concrete surface between Five Mile in the Wayne County community of Livonia through the I-96/I-696/M-5 interchange, which sits between Novi and Farmington Hills. It is also repairing 16 bridges.

Work on the project began May 2 when southbound lanes were closed through July 1. Northbound was closed July 5 and was expected to remain closed through mid-September.

At the end of August, MDOT officials said northbound I-275 would reopen by Labor Day, weeks ahead of schedule. But crews topped that estimate, reopening the road at night on Aug. 30.

MDOT estimates about 90,000 vehicles travel that stretch of freeway every day.

Cross said the I-275 project is about 89 percent completed. “(Closing the M-5 ramps) is the last big phase of the project,” she said.

But, closing the ramps is the “biggest thing” to affect drivers “in quite some time.”

The detour around the closed M-5 ramps will take motorists from west I-96 to Beck Road to east I-96 to north M-5, officials said. The only northbound M-5 ramp that will be available is the east I-96 to north M-5 ramp.

Cross recommends motorists should expect delays and leave extra early. She also said they should consult MDOT’s MiDrive app or website to help navigate around the area.