NB I-75 in Lincoln Park reopens after tanker crash
A section of northbound Interstate 75 in Lincoln Park that closed following a tanker truck explosion reopened early for motorists Sunday evening, hours ahead of a scheduled reopening Monday.
Officials with the Michigan Department of Transportation issued a statement Sunday evening that said, “All driving lanes of northbound I-75 at Outer Drive are opened as of Sunday, 8/23/15 at 7:45 pm.
“MDOT crews and contractors have been working around the clock since Thursday morning's tanker fire.
“The damaged concrete has been replaced and the median wall rebuilt.”
The left shoulder of northbound along with the left lane of southbound I-75 at Outer Drive will remain closed for repairs through Monday afternoon, MDOT officials said.
The severely damaged, mile-long portion of the freeway’s northbound lanes between Southfield Road and Outer Drive in Lincoln Park were closed Thursday after a tanker explosion and fire.
The road was burned by 8,000 gallons of gasoline that seared the concrete nearly 3 inches deep.
At 5 p.m. Sunday, a live MDOT traffic camera showed crews continuing to work repairing the northbound lanes. Sunday morning, MDOT posted photos on its Twitter account of a concrete median being poured and a wall being repaired.
The 53-year-old truck driver died following the explosion. Brighton-based Corrigan Oil Co. said its driver, identified by Michigan State Police as Roddy Blaine Winn of Detroit, died Thursday night.
Officials said Winn likely was traveling south about 3:20 a.m. Thursday when he hit the center median and flipped into northbound lanes, where his tanker exploded at the Outer Drive bridge at the Lincoln Park-Melvindale border.
State officials signed a $200,000 contract with Florence Cement Co. of Shelby Township to make the repairs.