Archive for April, 2010

Weekend Construction: 4/30 – 5/3

April 29, 2010

 

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

Here we go again! Sometimes I feel like a broken record, but the fact is weekend construction is not going anywhere. Now, something to keep in mind — Local 4 Casters are calling for rain, even mild thunderstorms this weekend. So a lot of this construction will be weather permitting.  Here goes nothing…

 

I-96

In Detroit:

The two left lanes of eastbound I-96 will be closed from Davison to Livernois avenues for bridge painting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. This work is weather dependent.

I-75

In Wayne County:

Maintenance work will require the closure of the ramp from northbound I-75 to northbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) from 9 p.m. on Saturday to 9 a.m. on Sunday. During the closure, traffic will be directed to use Eureka Road to access Telegraph. This work is weather dependent.

I-696

In Macomb County:

The two left lanes of eastbound and westbound I-696 will be closed between Dequindre and Van Dyke from 6 a.m. on Saturday to 5 a.m. on Monday. This work is weather dependent.

M-10 (Lodge Freeway)

At the Detroit/Southfield border:

Northbound and southbound M-10 will be reduced to a single lane at 8 Mile Road for bridge work from 5 a.m. on Saturday to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Due to Tigers home games on Saturday and Sunday, crews will open two lanes southbound from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days.

M-39 (Southfield Freeway)

In Detroit:

 Northbound and southbound M-39 will have the two right lanes closed for resurfacing work from 9 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday. The work is scheduled between M-153 (Ford Road) and McNichols Road and is weather dependent.

M-59

In Oakland County:

Scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 3, westbound M-59 will be reduced to a single lane from Opdyke to Woodward for resurfacing work. The restrictions will be in place around the clock until Monday, May 17. In addition, the westbound M-59 exit ramp to Opdyke Road will be closed until Friday, May 21.

From 7 p.m. on Friday to 6 a.m. on Monday, the right lane of eastbound and westbound M-59 will be closed between Williams Lake Road and Airport Road for pavement repairs.

In Macomb County:

Ryan Road under M-59 will be closed for bridge demolition from 9 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday. A detour will be posted for each direction of Ryan Road, using Rochester and Auburn roads. The work is in conjunction with the ongoing reconstruction between Crooks and Ryan roads.

Starting Monday:

I-94

In St. Clair County:

Scheduled to begin Monday, May 3, there will be an intermittent single lane closure on eastbound and westbound I-69 between Allington Road and Range Road for installation of median cable guardrail. The single lane closure, when needed, will occur during off peak hours and alternate between the eastbound and westbound side of the freeway until the end of May.

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Weekend Construction: 4/23 – 4/26

April 23, 2010

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

And here we go again! Another round of weekend construction is upon us. Before you make your weekend plans check out this list to make sure you won’t run into any closures before you hit the road!

I-94/I-696 interchange in Macomb County:

– Crews will close the entrance ramp from 11 Mile Road to eastbound I-94 for reconstruction. The ramp closure is scheduled to begin Saturday at 10 a.m. and remain closed until late June. A detour will be posted.

– Crews will close the exit ramp from eastbound I-696 to 11 Mile Road for reconstruction. The ramp closure is expected to begin Saturday at 10 a.m. and remain closed until early June. A detour will be posted.

– Eastbound I-696 will close from Gratiot to I-94 during the overnight hours for ongoing construction. The closure will begin at 11 p.m. on Friday and open by 8 a.m. on Saturday, and again at 11 p.m. on Saturday until 10 a.m. on Sunday. During the full closure, westbound traffic will be directed to 8 Mile Road to westbound I-94, while eastbound traffic will be directed to use 12 Mile Road to access eastbound I-94.

I-696 in Macomb County:

Eastbound and westbound I-696 will have two lanes closed between Dequindre and Van Dyke for bridge work. The two lane closure will begin at 5 a.m. on Saturday and end by 5 a.m. on Monday.

I-96 in Detroit:

The eastbound and westbound I-96 ramps to southbound M-39 will be closed for the ongoing resurfacing project on M-39. Each ramp will close at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Sunday. Detours will be posted for each ramp closure.

M-59 in Oakland County:

– Eastbound and westbound M-59 will have the right lane closed between Williams Lake and Airport roads for pavement repair. The single lane closures begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and end by 6 a.m. on Monday.
– Northbound and southbound Dequindre Road under M-59 will be closed for bridge work. The closure begins at 9 p.m. on Friday and ends by 9 p.m. on Sunday. A detour will be posted for each direction of Dequindre. This work is in conjunction with the ongoing widening project on M-59 between Crooks and Ryan roads.

US-12 (Michigan Avenue) in Detroit:

The two right lanes of eastbound and westbound US-12 will be closed between Livernois and Clark streets for a new resurfacing project. The double lane closures begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, 4/26. Details of this project are included in the attached press announcement.

M-39 (Southfield Freeway) in Detroit:

Northbound and southbound M-39 will be reduced to a single lane between M-153 (Ford Road) and McNichols Road for ongoing resurfacing. The lane closures begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 5 a.m. on Sunday.

M-10 (Lodge Freeway) in Detroit:

Northbound and southbound M-10 will have a double lane closure for bridge painting at 8 Mile Road. The two lane closures begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end by 9 p.m. on Sunday. Beginning at Noon and ending at 2 p.m. on Sunday, southbound M-10 will have two lanes open for traffic heading to Joe Louis Arena for the NHL Playoff game.  

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STARTING MONDAY:

I-275:
In Wayne County, scheduled to occur on Friday, 4/23, crews will open the ramp from northbound I-275 to westbound I-94.
Scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, 4/26, crews will close the ramp from northbound I-275 to eastbound I-94 for ramp reconstruction.  A detour will be posted directing drivers west on I-94 to Haggerty Road, and using Haggerty to access eastbound I-94. The ramp is expected to remain closed until early June.

I-94:
In Wayne County, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, 4/26, crews will close the right lane of westbound I-94 at I-275 for interchange work. The right lane closure is expected to be removed by Friday, 4/30.

Michigan Construction…Changing the Way We Drive!

April 6, 2010

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

 

So here’s the deal, in the past two days I have received several e-mails from the MDOT Office of Communications alerting me of several (to say the least) new construction projects getting ready to start in the next week. 

Count ’em, FIVE freeways are going under the construction knife, some starting as early as this Friday.  Construction season has officially begun when five BIG projects start in less than a week. So I wanted to take the time to let you know what’s happening out there. Because if you drive in Metro Detroit, you are bound to get stuck in delays from one of these projects. 

PROJECT #1  STARTS APRIL 9 

M-39 (Southfield Freeway) resurfacing in Detroit  

Preliminary work on a $3 million project to resurface 6 miles of M-39 (Southfield Freeway) will begin Friday, April 9, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The resurfacing will take place between M-153 (Ford Road) and McNichols Road in Detroit. 

Contract documents restrict work to overnight on weekdays and all times on weekends. Overnight lane restrictions begin at 9 p.m. and will be removed by 5 a.m. the following mornings. Weekend work runs continuously from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. 

In addition to the resurfacing work, crews will patch sections of concrete pavement that carry M-39 under I-96. Weather permitting, crews will close two lanes on northbound M-39 under I-96 for patching beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, April 9 until 5 a.m. Monday, April 12. In order to allow for proper cure time, patching work will take place on weekends in April and May. 

All work is expected to be completed in early June. This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). 

PROJECT #2  STARTS APRIL 10 

I-94/I-696 interchange rehabilitation 

Road and bridge rehabilitation begins on Saturday, April 10, when contracting crews begin a large-scale project at the I-696/I-94 interchange in Macomb County. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), this $31 million investment includes: 

            – Reconstructing both directions of I-696 between Neiman Road and I-94; 

            – Reconstructing ramps and rehabilitating bridges within the interchange; and 

            – Resurfacing both directions of I-94 between M-102 (8 Mile Road) and I-696. 

During construction, two-lane ramps will be constructed maintaining one lane. The one exception is the ramp from eastbound I-696 to eastbound I-94, which will close in late June for bridge deck replacement. The ramp is expected to open in early November. During the ramp closure, motorists looking to head east will exit at M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) to Metro Parkway in order to access eastbound I-94. 

The reconstruction of I-696 near the interchange will be constructed maintaining two lanes in each direction during peak travel periods. 

The I-94 resurfacing will begin after July 4 and be completed in mid-October. Lane closures during the resurfacing work will be restricted to weekday nights and all times on weekends. 

In 2011, crews will focus on replacing the 11 Mile Road bridge over I-94. This bridge is located within the interchange and will remain open in 2010 as a way for local traffic to access nearby neighborhoods. 

PROJECT #3 STARTS APRIL 12 

Pavement repairs on M-8 (Davison Avenue) in Detroit  

Crews will begin repairs to approximately 2 miles of M-8 (Davison Avenue) on Monday, April 12. The project limits, between Woodrow Wilson and Tuller streets, are located between the M-10 (Lodge Freeway) and I-96 interchanges in Detroit. 

All work will be completed via lane closures. The section between Woodrow Wilson Street and Livernois Avenue will be resurfaced, while concrete pavement patching will improve the riding surface between Livernois Avenue and Tuller Street. 

Included in this project are curb repairs to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, and constructing median islands with crosswalks and pedestrian signals to improve safety. This $1.85 million project is expected to be completed by the end of September.   

PROJECT #4 STARTS APRIL 12 

 

M-59 pavement repair begins in Macomb County  

Concrete pavement repair will begin the week of April 12 on a 6.8 mile section of M-59 in Macomb County, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The work will be separated into four phases to maintain mobility on this heavily traveled commercial corridor. 

The project limits are between I-94 and Van Dyke Road in Clinton, Macomb and Shelby townships, and in Sterling Heights and Utica. The four phases are as follows: 

–         Phase 1 between I-94 and Elizabeth Street; 

–         Phase 2 between Romeo Plank and Garfield roads; 

–         Phase 3 between Garfield Road and Schoenherr Highway; and 

–         Phase 4 between Schoenherr Highway and Van Dyke Road. 

During construction, phases 1 and 4 will be done simultaneously. Phases 2 and 3 will be done afterward. Motorists should expect lane closures with a minimum of two lanes open in each direction during active work hours. 

Weekday lane closures are scheduled to occur nightly from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. To minimize the impact on local businesses, weekend lane closures will occur continuously from 9 p.m. Saturdays to 3 p.m. Mondays.  This $1.6 million project is expected to be completed in August.   

PROJECT #5 STARTS APRIL 12 

I-94/I-275 interchange project begins in Romulus  

Ramp reconstruction and repair to three bridges begins Monday, April 12, at the I-94/I-275 interchange in Wayne County. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), the first ramp to be closed will be eastbound I-94 to southbound I-275. During this ramp closure, motorists who want to use southbound I-275 will be directed to continue east on I-94 to Vining Road, and enter westbound I-94 to access southbound I-275. The ramp is expected to open in late May. 

The ramp closure is part of a $12.8 million investment to upgrade this heavily used interchange. Included in this project is the resurfacing of more than 2 miles on northbound and southbound I-275 between Northline and Hannan roads. The resurfacing work is expected to start later this summer.  

Also, the northbound I-275 ramp to westbound I-94 is expected to close the week of April 12 for a period of five days in order for crews to construct a temporary crossover for a future traffic shift. During this ramp closure, all traffic will be diverted to the Vining Road detour. 

The week beginning Monday, April 19, crews will close the northbound I-275 ramp to eastbound I-94 for reconstruction. Detoured traffic will head west on I-94 to Haggerty Road to access eastbound I-94. This ramp is expected to open in early June. 

The dates for the ramp closures are subject to change based on weather or any unforeseen circumstances. All ramps, bridges and lanes at the interchange are expected to be open by late November.