Greenwood: Hunters be aware of traffic detours

Tom Greenwood

Listen up all you hunters headed up north for the Saturday start of Michigan's firearm deer season.

The Michigan Department of Transportation wants you to know there are a couple of choke points along Interstate 75 where northbound remains detoured to northbound I-675 in Saginaw County.

Over the past two years MDOT has been reconstructing four miles of I-75 as well as replacing bearing pads on the bridge itself.

According to MDOT this $40 million project should wrap up in December, but there are there are still lane restrictions in place, including:

■ There are only two lanes open on southbound I-75.

■ Northbound traffic is currently rerouted to northbound I-675 and will remain detoured for the duration of the project

■ The Adams Street ramp to southbound I-75 remains closed as does the southbound ramp to M-13.

MDOT is advising motorists to chose alternate routes which might require additional miles but would save time and frustration in the long run.

MDOT suggests:

■ To areas north of Grayling: Take westbound I-69 to northbound US-127 and then back to northbound I-75. Additional distance traveled: approximately 50 miles.

■ To areas south of Grayling take eastbound I-69 to northbound M-15, then westbound M-25 to northbound I-75. Additional distance traveled: approximately 10 miles.

And let's not forget that drivers should play it safe on the roads during hunting season. Deer are risky and frisky this time of year — especially between sunset and sunrise — so keep an eye out for them along the road way.

Drivers should also watch out for hunters who might be walking along the side of the road.

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Tienken: In Rochester Hills the road is closed from Livernois to Paint Creek Trail for reconstruction. The detour route for through traffic is Rochester Road to University Drive to Adams. This project will retire for the season on Nov. 26 and then continue in the spring.

Fish Lake Road: In Holly Township the road is closed between Mitchell and Kurtz roads due to a collapsed culvert. The detour is Mitchell to North Holly to Elliott and back to Fish Lake Road and vice versa.

Big Beaver: In Troy there are intermittent lane closures between Adams and I-75 for concrete replacement. This project ends later Friday.

14 Mile: The road is closed at the east side of its intersection with Northwestern for realignment on the Farmington Hills/W. Bloomfield Township border. The detour is Middle Belt to Northwestern and back to 14 Mile and vice versa. This project should end in January.

Clyde Road: In Highland Township the road is closed from Hickory Ridge Road to Strathcona for paving. The detour is Hickory Ridge to Middle to Milford and back to Clyde and vice versa. This project is supposed to end late Friday.

Greenfield: In Southfield the SB lanes are now open to traffic between Eight Mile and Nine Mile, but the inside NB lane remains closed until Nov. 21 for landscaping.

Baldwin: In Auburn Hills and Orion Township the road is being reconstructed from south of I-75 to Brown. The road remains open but expect delays. This project ends some time today.

Green Lake Road: In West Bloomfield Township the road is closed from Commerce to just east of Fieldview. The detour is Richardson to Union Lake Road to Commerce and back to Green Lake Road and vice versa. This project ends Nov. 21.

Long Lake: There are lane closures between Orchard Lake and Adams roads for resurfacing. This project is in West Bloomfield and Bloomfield townships as well as Bloomfield Hills. This project ends Saturday.

Cedar Island Road: In White Lake Township the road is closed from Oxbow Lake Road to Bogie Lake Road due to a collapsed culvert. The detour is Bogie Lake to Cooley Lake to Oxbow Lake and back to Cedar Island and vice versa. The completion date is unknown.