Project means detour ahead for Auburn Hills

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Starting Monday, the Michigan Department of Transportation will close University Drive over Interstate 75 as part of a $25 million project to reconstruct the interchange in an area between Opdyke and Cross Creek Road.

The project includes reconstructing University Drive from Cross Creek to Opdyke, demolishing the bridge over I-75 and reconstructing all interchange ramps.

It also includes construction of the Chrysler Drive ramp to northbound I-75 plus new traffic signals, signs, decorative lighting, streetscape enhancements, multi-use path and landscaping.

The new interchange is designed to eliminate loop ramps and establish direct access from Chrysler Drive to northbound I-75 as well as providing westbound University Drive traffic with increased acceleration distance to the freeway.

The detours:

Northbound I-75 motorists heading to WB University Drive will be detoured to WB M-59 then to NB Opdyke and back to WB University Drive.

Southbound I-75 motorists heading to EB University Drive will be diverted via SB M-24 (Lapeer Road) to SB Opdyke to EB Walton to SB Squirrel and then back to University Drive.

University Drive to I-75: EB University Drive motorists heading to NB I-75 will be detoured to NB Opdyke to EB M-24 and then to NB I-75.

The EB University Drive ramp to SB I-75 will remain open.

The WB University Drive ramp to NB I-75 ramp will remain open.

WB University Drive motorists heading for SB I-75 will be detoured to SB Squirrel to WB M-59 and then to SB I-75.

EB University Drive will be detoured via NB Opdyke, EB Walton and SB Squirrel to EB University Drive.

WB University Drive will be detoured via SB Squirrel, WB Feathers and NB Opdyke to WB University Drive.

Westbound University Drive will be detoured via southbound Squirrel Road, westbound Featherstone Road, and northbound Opdyke Road to westbound University Drive.

The project is expected to wrap up in the fall.

Heading north across the mighty Mackinac Bridge this weekend or next?

Don’t be surprised if you run into occasional delays due to ongoing hardware and software upgrades in the toll lane booths, according to Mackinac Bridge Authority Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney.

Once the upgrades are completed customers will be able to access Mac Pass account information at, which will allow them to use credit or debit cards in all lanes of the bridge.

Mac Pass holders will also be able to make deposits to their account online using credit card s, debit cards or via direct deposits from their banking institutions.

Currently credit cards are only accepted at the bridge administration building.

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I-275: In Livonia, SB over M-14/I-96 will have one lane closed, two lanes open from 7 a.m. Friday through July 2 for repairs.

I-275: In Canton Township, the SB ramp to Ford Road (M-153) will be closed from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday. The Ford ramps to SB and SB I-275 will also be closed.

I-96/M-14: In Livonia, EB I-96/M-14 will have two lanes closed from Sheldon to Newburg from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for road repairs.

I-75: In Troy, SB will have nightly closures from Big Beaver to 12 Mile from 10 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Sunday for maintenance.

I-75: In Hazel Park, NB will have the right lane closed from Eight Mile to Nine Mile from 5 a.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday for maintenance.

M-10 (Lodge Freeway): In Southfield, NB will have the two left lanes closed between Lahser and I-696 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday for maintenance.

M-10: In Detroit, SB will have two lanes closed between Meyers and M-8 (Davison Avenue) from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for road work.

M-3 (Gratiot): In Roseville, NB and SB will have the left lane closed between Toefper and Stephens from noon until 9 p.m. Saturday for the Cruisin’ Gratiot event.

M-3: In Clinton Township, NB and SB will have single lane closures at M-59 from 9 tonight until 5 a.m. Monday for road work.

M-53:(Van Dyke): In Sterling Heights, NB will have two lane night and weekend closures from 15 Mile to 18 Mile from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following day through Aug. 3.