Greenwood: Orange is new white on winter roads

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

It's never too early to start a road construction project, even in the dead of winter.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has kicked off (in a small way) a $34 million project to improve a nearly three-mile stretch of M-53 (Van Dyke Avenue) between 15 Mile and 18 Mile in good ol' Sterling Heights.

On Sunday, MDOT began moving in barrels and barricades so it could begin working on the medians. As a result, the left lane of Van Dyke is blocked in each direction within the work zone.

The project will include completely rebuilding the road, curbs and median left turn lanes as well as traffic signal upgrades.

There will also be ramp and sidewalk upgrades in order to be compliant with the Americans with Disability Act. There will also be landscape improvements and the replacement of street lights.

Work on the project will occur both day and night in stages with lane shifts installed to limit the impact on traffic. Access will be maintained, but limited, to all businesses and residents within the project zone.

This project is slated to be completed in mid-November (although I bet MDOT finishes a few weeks early as they usually do).

This next project isn't that close to getting started, but it's pretty darned big and will impact a ton of drivers.

On Wednesday, MDOT will host a public information to provide information on the upcoming construction at the Interstate 96/U.S. 23 interchange near Brighton.

This massive two-year project will begin in 2015 when new through lanes will be constructed on I-96 between the current eastbound and westbound lanes.

This year's work will also include building two new bridges over northbound and southbound U.S. 23 and over old U.S. 23. To accomplish this, 23 acres of trees will have to be cleared at the interchange for the additional lanes.

Additionally, the Spence Road Bridge over I-96 will be closed for about 45 days while the Spencer ramp to eastbound I-96 will also be closed with traffic detoured.

Then in 2016, the existing bridges over U.S. 23 and Old U.S. 23 will be rebuilt.

A meeting will be held at the Brighton Township Hall, 4363 Bruno Road from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday.

(313) 222-2023

I-75: In Troy, there will be a complete closure NB and SB for 15 minutes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday in an area between Adams and Coolidge Highway for overhead utility work.

I-275: In Plymouth, there will be a 10-minute complete road closure NB and SB near Ann Arbor Road between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Saturday for overhead utility work.

M-14: In Livonia, there will be a 10-minute complete closure EB and WB near Haggerty between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday for overhead utility work.

10 Mile: In Warren, the center left turn lane, inner EB and both WB lanes are closed from Hoover to just west of Schoenherr for the installation of a new sanitary sewer and water main. Opening TBD.

24 Mile: In Shelby Township, the road is open to local traffic only between Ruann Street and Mound during the installation of a water main. The reopening date is TBD.

24 Mile: In Macomb Township, the road is open to local traffic only between Hayes and Romeo Plank for the installation of a water main. The reopening date is TBD.


M-53 (Van Dyke): In Sterling Heights, there will be a single lane closure NB and SB between 15 Mile and 18 Mile from 7 a.m. Monday through Friday for road work.

U.S. 12 (Michigan): In Dearborn, there will be a daily single lane closure WB near Palmer between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through March 16 for utility work.