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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.


The first weekend in May and yes, there is construction

May 1, 2009

heather-zara-headshotLocal 4 Blog by Heather Zara

Happy Friday! The weekend is finally here… but that means that it is time to roll out some extra orange barrels for weekend construction. It is that time of year after all. Let’s break down the scheduled road work by county to get you through it. The good news is that there aren’t any full freeway closures and I think that you will find that all of these projects are bearable. All scheduled construction is weather permitting.


I-696 between Dequindre and Van Dyke

  • Double lane closure in both directions
  • 8pm Friday-5am Monday
  • Alternate: 10 Mile or 12 Mile
  • Avoid the I-696 Service Drive. It will likely be just as congested

I-696 between Hayes and I-94

  • Double lane closure on the EASTBOUND side
  • Single lane closure on the WESTBOUND side
  • 8pm Friday-8pm Sunday
  • Alternate: Mile Roads work best
  • Avoid the I-696 Service Drive. It will likely be just as congested

M-53 between 19 Mile and 27 Mile

  • Reduced to a single lane in both directions
  • Southbound restrictions: 10am Friday-5am Monday
  • Northbound restrictions: 8pm Friday-5am Monday


Eastbound I-96 Jeffries

  • Double lane closures
  • 7am-7pm Saturday: from Brookfield to Berwick Streets (Just east of Farmington Road)
  • 7am-7pm Sunday: at Wayne Road

Westbound I-96 Jeffries in Detroit

  • Double lane closures
  • 7am-7pm both Saturday and Sunday
  • From Joy Road to US-24 Telegraph

Southbound I-275 at Koppernick (just north of Warren Avenue)

  • Double lane closure
  • 6am-6pm both Saturday and Sunday


Northbound I-75 between 9 Mile and 10 Mile

  • Double lane closure
  • 9pm Sunday-5am Monday

See… Not too bad, right? Have a great day and an amazing weekend.

I’ll see you on later editions of Local 4 News tonight. I’ll be reporting the Red Wings getting ready for game 1 against the Ducks. Round 2 is officially here. 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Local4News and @HeatherZara.

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.

Your Monday Traffic 4cast

April 13, 2009

heather-zara-headshot4Local 4 Blog by Heather Zara

Good morning and welcome back to the work week. Let’s get you going with some construction projects that started today.

Mid-day Road Work

Northbound I-75 between 8 Mile and 9 Mile

  • Left lane blocked from 9am-3pm today

Woodward off ramp from Easbound I-94 is closed

  • 9am-3pm today

Long Term Closures

Halsted in Farmington Hills is closed at I-696 until late August

  • Use Haggerty as your alternate

Northbound I-275 between Ann Arbor and I-96

  • Left lane and left shoulder blocked through mid-June

Have a great day and see you on Local 4 News Morning starting at 5am tomorrow.

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