3 lanes of I-75 in Oakland Co. may open Wednesday

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

The orange road construction barrels on Interstate 75 between M-59 and Coolidge Highway may disappear next week.

Michigan Department of Transportation officials said Friday three lanes of that stretch of expressway could open by 5 a.m. Wednesday, weather permitting.

Officials said the opening marks the start of the final construction stage of the first segment of the project to modernize I-75 in Oakland County.



MDOT started the $91 million project to reconstruct and realign the 3.1 miles of I-75 last August. Eighty percent of the costs is being covered by the Federal Highway Administration.

Crews halted construction work in December, but resumed in May.

MDOT officials also said Friday that both directions of I-75 will have additional, intermittent single-lane closures starting Saturday. The closures will enable crews to open two lanes of traffic on the new southbound pavement.

A temporary barrier wall will be up on the southbound side of the freeway through the weekend so crews can rebuild the last part of the northbound lanes between Squirrel Road and South Boulevard, they also said.

All traffic will be maintained on the southbound side of the freeway with two lanes open northbound and three lanes southbound by Wednesday, MDOT said.

It also said the following ramps will be closed as part of the work:

  • The Adams Road entrance ramp to northbound I-75
  • The Adams Road ramp to southbound I-75
  • The northbound I-75 exit to westbound Square Lake
  • The eastbound Square Lake entrance to northbound I-75
  • The eastbound M-59 ramp to southbound I-75. 

The ramps will be closed until mid-September, officials said.