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Construction updates: 11/19 – 11/23

November 19, 2009

Local 4 Traffic Blog by: Lauren Podell

Here we go again people! Another round of weekend construction is upon us. In *my* opinion, there really isn’t a whole lot! All pretty standard lane closures, no major closures EXECPT for tonight!  Below is full list released today from MDOT…enjoy! hehe


I-75 in Oakland County:

  • Ongoing bridge work will result in the full closure of northbound and southbound I-75 at Nine Mile Road beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday and ending by 5 a.m. on Friday. During the full closure, all traffic will be routed to the service drives in each direction.


M-59 in Oakland County:

  • Westbound M-59 will be reduced to a single lane from Dequindre to Rochester roads beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. on Friday for ongoing road repairs.

US-12 (Michigan Avenue) in Wayne County:

  • Eeastbound Michigan Avenue will have the right lane closed from Oakwood Boulevard to Elm Street in Dearborn for utility work. The right lane closure begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and ends by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24.


I-696 in Macomb County:

  • Eastbound and westbound I-696 will be reduced to a single lane between I-94and Hayes Road.
  • In conjunction to these lane closures, the ramp from westbound I-94 to westbound
  • I-696 will be closed. The lane and ramp closures are scheduled from 8 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday.

In Oakland County:

  • The right lane of westbound I-696 will be closed at Southfield Road for sign work beginning at 7:30 a.m. and ending at noon on Sunday.

I-94 in Wayne County, bridge inspections will result in the following lane closures:

  • Beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon on Saturday, the right lane of eastbound I-94 will be closed at the Southfield Freeway.
  • Beginning at noon and ending at 3 p.m. on Saturday, the left lane of eastbound I-94 will be closed at Southfield Freeway.
  • Beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at noon on Sunday, the left two lanes of westbound I-94 will be closed at Southfield Freeway.
  • Beginning at noon and ending by 3 p.m. on Sunday, the right lane of westbound I-94 will be closed at Southfield Freeway

US-24 Business Route (Square Lake Road) in Oakland County:

  • Eastbound and westbound Square Lake Road will be reduced to a single lane between Telegraph and Woodward beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Use I-75 at 9 Mile? Look out!!

November 17, 2009

Local 4 Traffic blog by: Lauren Podell

The bulk of the 9 mile overpass re-construction begins tonight! MDOT teased us the past few weeks with a lane closure here and there but now it’s time to brace ourselves for freeway closures. Fortunately for you and me, they are nightly closure, but could create problems for evening drivers & early risers! 

What it looks like now...

The shutdowns this week are so crews can lay steel beams for the replacement bridge. “The fact that we’re already setting bridge beams in mid-November shows we’re serious about getting this bridge open by the end of the calendar year,” Morosi said.

So here is the complete schedule from The Michigan Department of Transportation:


  • All lanes of Southbound I-75 at 9 Mile CLOSE
  • An additional northbound lane during those hours.


  • All lanes of Southbound I-75 at 9 Mile CLOSE 
  • An additional northbound lane during those hours.


  • All lanes of Northbound I-75 at 9 Mile


  • Traffic is to be detoured using ramps at 9 Mile and the freeway’s service drive.
  • Drivers should consider alternates such as Woodward or John R

The tanker explosion!

The bridge reconstruction was ordered after a tanker caught fire under the 9 Mile Road bridge during a three-car collision in July. Bridge replacement work is expected to be finished in December. The I-75 freeway reconstruction is scheduled to begin in April and be completed in July 2010.


Traffic4Cast! What to expect…

August 20, 2009

newsteamSo a lot is happening in the world of construction! The summer is coming to an end (which I can’t believe) and new projects are already getting planned for 2010. Also looming, weekend construction! there are closures ahead, 1st lets update you on whats happening now…

m-14A LOT and I mean a lot of Local 4 viewers (also friends and family) have been asking me about the construction on M-14. Only one lane has been open at Sheldon Rd. in both directions. 1st it was the eastbound side, then the westbound side, then both… it has been exhausting. ANYWAY — I just got word from MDOT that all lanes of M-14 will be opening TONIGHT, when the clock strikes midnight! Just like Cinderella!

cinderella midnight

So…since it’s Thursday, here is a sneak peak for whats ahead on the weekend construction front! We’ve got lane closures, full closures, ramp closures…it all starts tomorrow. Here is the OFFICIAL list released by MDOT just this morning.



 I will have updates all afternoon Friday on Local 4 News starting at Noon, 4pm, 5pm, 11pm & on Saturday’s morning show!




70px-M-53_svgLast but not least in Macomb County, a public hearing is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. today on plans to widen a stretch of Van Dyke Avenue in in Shelby Township. Road Commission of Macomb County staff is to attend the hearing at the boardroom of the Shelby Township municipal offices, 52700 Van Dyke.

We’ve seen a lot of lengthy construction M-53 for months now. Anywhere from 18 Mile to 27 Mile. And the road commissions big plans continue! They are going to rebuild and widen Van Dyke between 23 Mile and 26 Mile roads to 5 lanes from 2! Construction would occur 2010-13, once the commission has purchased land for the project.

The commission said maps, renderings and other information are to be available. The environmental impact of the project is to be discussed at the meeting.


MDOT is Back in Business!

July 21, 2009

newsteamLast weeks tanker explosion stalled a lot of new construction that is set to begin as early as next week. Well MDOT is back to their regular schedule and released 5 major NEW construction projects that stretch from Flatrock to Detroit! Below is the complete list with start and end dates, lane restriction info, even the cost! I will have more on these new projects today and throughout the week on Local 4 News!




Monday July 27th:

  • Contracting crews will be closing the two right lanes of westbound M-14 over the Rouge River.
  • This phase of the project is expected to last until Sunday, Aug. 9.
  • The entire project is expected to be completed in mid-September.

DETAILS: The repairs to M-14 over the Rouge River, located just east of Sheldon Road, are necessary based on a recent inspection. During the inspection, engineers discovered some safety concerns with structural components that need to be addressed. The lane closures will allow crews to conduct the necessary work on the structure’s abutment wall, which helps support the bridge beams.


1st week of August:

  • Resurfacing of northbound and southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) in the city of Flat Rock between Vreeland Road and the south Wayne County line.
  • Northbound and southbound US-24 will be reduced to a single lane.
  • The work is limited to weekends only in an effort to minimize the impact to weekday traffic.
  • Lane restrictions may begin at 9 p.m. on Fridays and will end by 5 a.m. on Mondays.
  • All work is scheduled to be completed prior to Labor Day weekend


Monday July 27th:

  • Widening of M-59, between Crooks and Ryan roads.
  • The two-lane section will be widened to three lanes in each direction.
  • The median will be replaced by a barrier wall separating eastbound and westbound traffic.
  • A majority of the work to widen M-59 will take place during 2010.
  • Expected to be completed in November 2010

DETAILS: Crews will begin preliminary work to widen shoulders and construct freeway crossovers to accommodate a future traffic shift. Culvert work west of John R. Road also is expected to take place this fall.  In addition to the widening work, crews will make repairs to six bridges within the work zone limits. Bridge repairs will take place on Auburn, Rochester, John R., Dequindre and Ryan roads, and Livernois Avenue. During the project, two lanes will be maintained during peak travel periods on weekdays, with the possibility of one lane open on weeknights and all times on weekends. This $50 million investment is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


Monday July 27th:

  • Extensive bridge repair on I-96 in Detroit
  • Ten bridges will get new driving surfaces between Davison and Livernois avenues.
  • Two lanes will remain open on eastbound and westbound I-96 during peak travel periods.
  • During the overnight hours on weekdays, and all times on weekends, up to three lanes may be closed.
  • Full closures are permitted when crews will be demolishing overpasses.

DETAILS: The overpasses receiving new decks include westbound Davison Avenue to eastbound I-96 (two bridges), Fullerton and Elmhurst roads, Grand River Avenue (two bridges), Livernois Avenue (two bridges) and Oakman Boulevard (two bridges). Bridge work will be staged to provide motorists with mobility. The work will continue through the winter months, with a completion date of November 2010. This $16 million investment is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


Monday August 3rd:

  • Resurface the I-75 Business Loop (Square Lake Road) in Oakland County
  • Repair and resurface Square Lake Road between US-24 (Telegraph Road) and M-1 (Woodward Avenue)
  • Road crews will restrict Square Lake Road to two lanes in each direction until the project is completed in late November.

DETAILS: This is a $5 million investment. Included in this resurfacing project are median, fencing and signal upgrades. In order to accommodate the work,  During construction, there will be left turn restrictions at certain locations. Not all left turns will be prohibited. There will be no work near M-1 during the Woodward Dream Cruise on the weekend of August 15. This project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).     



Weekend4Cast: Construction

June 26, 2009

heather zara headshotLocal 4 Blog by Heather Zara

Here is a detailed list of the construction scheduled for this weekend; organized by freeway/roadway. As always, all projects are weather permitting and subject to change. There are no full freeway closures… Just a couple of ramp closures that you need to know about if you’re driving through Belleville or Romulus.

I-94/I-275 Interchange

Expect the following ramp closure on Saturday from 7am-7pm

  • WB I-94 to SB I-275
  • NB I-275 to WB I-94
  • Detours will be posted.


In Oakland County…

  • Double lane closure between M-10 and I-75 in both directions
  • 3 lanes will be closed at Woodward in both directions
  • 9pm Friday-5am Monday
  • Use Mile Roads as alternate to avoid congestion

In Macomb County…

  • Down to one lane between Van Dyke and Dequindre in both directions
  • 8pm Friday-5am Monday
  • Mound off ramps still closed
  • Use Mile Roads to avoid congestion

SB I-75

  •  Only one lane open from I-375 to I-96
  • 4am Saturday-8pm Sunday


In Detroit…

  • WB Express lanes closed from Davison Avenue to Outer Drive
  • All traffic will be routed to the WB Local lanes
  • Saturday 7am-7pm

In Oakland County…

  • WB I-696 to WB I-96 down to one lane
  • NB I-275 to WB I-96 down to one lane
  • WB I-96 down to 2 lanes from I-275  to Novi Road for paving
  • EB  I-96 will have 2 lanes open from Novi to M-5
  • 10pm Friday-5am Monday

US-12 Michigan Avenue

  • Down to one lane between M-39 and Greenfield in both directions
  • 9pm Friday-5am Monday

M-153 Ford Road

  • Down to one lane at Evergreen in both directions
  • 9pm Friday-5am Monday


  • One 15 minute total closure at Ryan Road in both directions
  • Sometime between 6am and 8am on Saturday


  • Intermittent single lane closures between 18 Mile and 26 Mile in both directions
  • 8pm Friday-5am Monday

Have a great weekend! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Local4News and @HeatherZara. See you Monday on Local 4 News Morning.

5/26/09 Construction update

May 26, 2009
heather zara headshot Local 4 Blog by Heather Zara

Back to work and back to road work. The holiday is officially over and so are the limits on the number of orange barrels scattered across the metropolitan area. Here are MDOT’s plans for the week ahead. Each project is broken down by roadway.


 M-10 (Lodge Freeway):

At the Detroit/Southfield border, overnight closures of northbound and southbound M-10 at 8 Mile Road for ongoing bridge repair. Posted detours utilize the M-10 service drives in each direction.

  • Southbound M-10 will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, beginning at 9 p.m. and ending by 5 a.m. the following mornings.
  • Northbound M-10 will be closed Tuesday and Thursday nights, beginning at 9 p.m. and ending by 5 a.m. the following mornings.

In Oakland County, there will be a single lane closed on southbound M-10 at the bridge that carries eastbound I-696 over M-10 for bridge painting. This work is part of the ongoing I-696 bridge rehab in Oakland County.

  • The single lane closure begins at 9 p.m. and ends by 5 a.m. the following mornings, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.


In Wayne County, an additional lane will be closed on northbound I-275 from 5 Mile to 6 Mile Roads. The work is associated with the current project to extend the current left lane from 5 Mile Road to 6 Mile. The additional lane closures are scheduled to begin at 4 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. on both Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29.

In Wayne County, a single lane closure on southbound I-275 at Koppernick (north of Ford Road) on beginning Tuesday and ending Friday. The single lane closure will be in effect beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. each day.


In Oakland County, the eastbound I-696 exit to Coolidge Road will be closed starting this morning and ending on June 3. A detour will be posted for ramp traffic. The closure is needed for ongoing bridge repair along the corridor.

In Oakland County, westbound I-696 will be reduced to two lanes at Bermuda St. for bridge painting on the RR structure located just west of Bermuda. The lane restrictions begin at 9 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. the following mornings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. In conjunction, the Bermuda entrance ramp to westbound I-696 will be closed at the same time as the freeway lanes.

In Oakland County, westbound I-696 will be reduced to two lanes from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to M-5 for ongoing pavement and bridge rehab. The lane restrictions begin at 10 p.m. and end by 5 a.m. the following morning on Wednesday and Thursday nights.

M-1 (Woodward Ave):

In Oakland County, a permit has been approved to allow for filming on M-1 between 12 Mile and 16 Mile roads. There will be stoppages in traffic (assistance from Oak County Sheriff) for approximately five minute intervals. The filming will take place Wed and Thurs, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

M-53 (Van Dyke Freeway):

In Macomb County, the northbound M-53 exit ramp to east and westbound 26 Mile Road will be closed for construction. The closure of the ramp begins at 5 a.m. on Thursday and is expected to be open by the end of June. A detour will be posted.

*As always, all projects are weather permitting.

See you on Local 4 News Morning, weekdays from 5-7am… and catch us on the web at Twitter @HeatherZara and @Local4News.

2 full freeway closures are scheduled for this weekend

May 7, 2009

heather-zara-headshot2Local 4 Blog by Heather Zara

For the most part, we’ve been pretty lucky lately when it comes to construction on the weekends. Our luck is about to change my friends. There are two full freeway closures scheduled for this weekend.  As always, projects are weather permitting. 

*NOTE: The closures may reopen Sunday afternoon for Mother’s Day and the Red Wings’ home game*


Full closure on I-696 in both directions between US-24 Telegraph and M-5

  • 9pm Friday-5am Monday
  • Detours will be posted
  • EASTBOUND DETOUR: EB M-5 to EB M-102 (8 Mile) to NB US-24 to reconnect with EB I-696
  • WESTBOUND DETOUR: SB US-24 to WB M-102 (8 Mile) to WB M-5 to connect to WB I-96
  • Expect heavy delays this weekend


Full closure on M-10 Lodge at 8 Mile

  • 10pm Friday-1pm Sunday
  • Traffic will be routed off and back onto the freeway using the 8 Mile ramps
  • Should only delay your commute slightly, depending on traffic volumes

Have a great day and don’t forget to tune in to Local 4 News Morning starting at 5am. See you then!

Weekend construction

April 24, 2009

heather-zara-headshot8Local 4 Blog by Heather Zara

After dealing with all of the construction along I-96 and I-696 near I-275, I am sure you’re trying to erase the images of lane restrictions and orange barrels from your memory. So I’ll just apologize in advance for the list of weekend construction that is ahead. I’m sorry-

The following projects are scheduled for tonight, April 24th through Monday, April 27th-weather permitting:


In Detroit: Lane restrictions on I-94 at Van Dyke

  • Total freeway closure from 11pm Friday-7am Saturday (Traffic will be routed to the Service Drive)
  • I-94 reopens at 7am Saturday but expect one lane to remain blocked until 9pm
  • Starting at 9pm Saturday- 2 lanes will be blocked through 5am Monday

In Detroit, lanes restrictions along I-94 between Cadieux and Connor

  • 2 left lanes will close on the westbound side from 7am-7pm on Saturday
  • The right lane will be closed on the eastbound side from Connor to Cadieux from 7am to 7pm on Sunday

In Macomb County, EB I-94 exit to Gratiot

  • Gratiot ramp will be closed from 9am to 3pm today (Friday)


In Wayne County, I-96 at Middlebelt will have intermittent lane closures

  • Single and double lane closures from 6am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday

I-96 approaching the I-275/I-696/M-5 Interchange

  • Keep in mind existing construction will remain in place throughout the weekend-until early June
  • EB I-96 to EB I-696 ramps are closed until June 1st-use EB M-5 as alternate
  • I-696 is down 2 lanes in both directions between I-275 and Drake
  • Use Mile Roads, Grand River and M-5 around these projects to help get you out of a traffic jam


In Detroit, M-10 at Jefferson lane restriction

  • The northbound side of The Lodge at Jefferson will have a single lane closure from 7am-5pm.


In Macomb County, I-696 between Hayes and I-94

  • Only one lane will be open in BOTH directions starting tonight at 8pm until Monday at 5am
  • Use 10 or 12 Mile to avoid congestion

In Warren, I-696 between Dequindre and Van Dyke

  • Double lane closure 9pm tonight until 5am Monday
  • Again, utilize those Mile Roads as an alternate to avoid delays


I-275 at Koppernick (just north of Ford Road)

  • Double lane closure on Saturday from 6am-6pm


In Oakland County, M-53 at 26 Mile

  • M-53 will close in both directions at 26 Mile Road on Saturday from 5am to 7pm
  • Traffic will be routed to up and down the 26 Mile Road ramps


M-59 entrance ramp to M-53

  • Intermittent closures beginning Saturday and 9am and ending the same day at 5pm

Major delays are here until May

April 21, 2009

heather-zara-headshot7Local 4 Blog by Heather Zara

Good Morning. A warning to drivers that head East on I-96 towards the I-696/I-275/M-5 Interchange: Don’t hop on the freeway- unless you want to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic for an extra 20-30 minutes during rush hour.

There are lane shifts and a single lane closure on I-96 between Beck and M-5. That’s where the slow downs begin but the real backups are because of what’s happening on I-696, further east of I-96.

Construction Break Down

  • 2 lanes are blocked on I-696 between Drake and I-275 in both directions
  • EASTBOUND backups have been worse (commuters coming from the west drive to Southfield, Royal Oak, Warren and Detroit)
  • Expect to move at speeds around 10-15 MPH for an extended period of time and 20-30 minute delays to your travel time
  • This construction is expected to last until mid-May

Alternate Routes 

  • Use Grand River or the Mile Roads
  • If you are heading West on I-696 in an attempt to get to I-96: Try using Telegraph to 12 Mile, to M-5, back to I-96

Pack your patience, friends. This one is going to be rough. Follow us on Twitter @Local4News and @HeatherZara. See you tomorrow on Local 4 News Morning. Have a great day and leave extra early, I-96 Eastbounders!


Attention all commuters: Major slowdowns on I-275

April 16, 2009


Local 4 Blog by Heather Zara

Good Thursday morning to you. Just wanted to give a warning for drivers that frequent I-275.

There is construction on the northbound side of I-275 between M-14 and 6 Mile, blocking the left lane until June. Since this started on Monday, traffic has consistently been a problem.  Each and every morning, the delays begin around 7am and last throughout the morning rush hour.

I am looking at our 4LiveTraffic camera right now and I-275 at M-14 looks more like a parking lot than a freeway. Drivers are moving through stop and go traffic at around 10 MPH. Best advice that I can give you: Take Haggerty or Newburgh to head north instead of using I-275.

Have a great day and don’t forget to find me on Twitter for 4LiveTraffic updates online, @HeatherZara.