Archive for December, 2009

Not 1 but 2 Freeways to CLOSE this Weekend!

December 3, 2009

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell



In Detroit:

Eastbound and westbound I-96 will be closed between Schaefer Road and Livernois Ave. for bridge demolition. The full closure will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and be removed by 5 a.m. on Monday. During the full closure, all eastbound and westbound traffic will be directed to Grand River Avenue. Crews will be demolishing the Elmhurst Road and Oakman Blvd overpasses.

M-10 (Lodge Freeway)

At the Detroit/Southfield border:

Northbound and southbound Lodge will be closed under 8 Mile Road for ongoing bridge work. The full closure begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday and will end by 5 a.m. on Monday. During the full closure, traffic will be routed up the 8 Mile exit ramp and down the 8 Mile entrance ramp for each direction.


In Oakland County:

  • Bridge work will result in closing the two left lanes of westbound I-696 from M-1 (Woodward Ave) to Evergreen Road. The double lane closure begins at 5 a.m. on Saturday and will end by 5 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Bridge work will result in closing the two left lanes of eastbound I-696 from Franklin to Greenfield roads beginning at 5 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. on Sunday.


In Wayne County:

Bridge repair will reduce northbound I-275 to a single lane at US-12 (Michigan Ave) beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday and ending by 5 a.m. on Monday. In conjunction, the ramp from eastbound Michigan Ave to northbound I-275 will be closed during the same time frame.

I-94/M-39 (Southfield Freeway)

In Wayne County:

The following lane restrictions are needed for detailed bridge inspections at the I-94/M-39 interchange in Allen Park. The work is weather permitting.

  • Friday, Dec. 4, the left lane will be closed on the existing two lane ramp from northbound M-39 to westbound I-94 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, the left lane of northbound M-39 will be closed at I-94 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 6, the right lane of northbound M-39 will be closed at I-94 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 7, alternating right and left lane closures on the existing two lane ramp from eastbound I-94 to northbound M-39 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following permits have been issued for Holiday Parades this weekend:

Are you ready for this?


  • In Oakland County, M-24 will be closed between Broadway and 1st Street from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

M-150 (Rochester Road):

  • In Oakland County, M-150 will be closed between Avon and Tienken roads from Noon until 5 p.m Sunday


  • In Oakland County, eastbound and westbound M-59 will be closed between Saginaw Street and Dwight/Cherokee streets for Pontiac’s holiday parade. The closure will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday


What’s on Michigans Wish List this Holiday? Road Funding!

December 2, 2009

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

It’s an ongoing battle between state’s and the government: finding the money to fix crumbling roads across the country, especially here in Michigan. 

This morning, transportation officials met with Congressional leaders to urge the government to fund 9,500 transportation and road construction projects, totaling nearly $70 billion! The goal? To sustain and create hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide and improve the roads we drive on everyday!

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials released the list today in Washington. It includes 305 projects in Michigan with a nearly $1.4-billion price tag.

The projects MDOT are focusing on range from big reconstruction projects to smaller resurfacing project.

  • $115 million for I-69 between Miller Road and M-19 in St. Clair County
  • $45.6 million for Fort Street between Sibley and Goddard roads in Wayne County 
  •  M-15 and I-75 in Oakland County and I-94 in Wayne County

“We think transportation has proven it’s an effective way to get people back to work, and it almost always increases economic activity in the areas where improvements have been made”, Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Bill Shreck said.

AASHTO executive director John Horsley said 10,600 transportation projects totaling more than $30 billion have been funded through President Barack Obama’s $787-billion American Recovery and Investment Act. About 9,000 of those were highway construction projects, and more than half are under way or finished.

**In the mean time we’ll keep our fingers crossed here in the mitten….