Work on Segment 2 of I-75 modernisation project in US set to begin


Work on Segment 2 of the $224m I-75 modernisation project in Oakland County, Michigan, US, is set to commence on 28 February 2019.

Segment 2 involves rebuilding more than eight miles of I-75 between Coolidge Highway and 13 Mile Road.

Initially, the project crews will begin preparations for a traffic shift after morning rush hour on the southbound lanes from Adams Road to south of 13 Mile Road.

By Friday morning, around-the-clock lane closures will be in place with southbound traffic using the right shoulder as a travel lane.

Consequently, the entrance ramps from Big Beaver and Rochester roads to southbound I-75, along with the exit to eastbound 14 Mile Road, will be closed for safety purposes.

The project will involve reconstruction of more than eight miles of pavement, improvements to 18 structures and drainage, construction of community-developed aesthetics and federally approved noise walls, and construction of the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes between Coolidge Highway and 13 Mile Road.

By mid-March, all traffic is expected to be carried on the southbound side of the freeway.

Two lanes will be kept open in each direction with a temporary concrete barrier separating traffic on both sides.

The traffic shift will enable the northbound lanes to be reconstructed in 2019.

Temporary exits will be provided for northbound traffic at 14 Mile Road, Rochester Road, Big Beaver Road, and Corporate Drive.

A crossover at the Corporate Drive entrance ramp will allow traffic to access northbound I-75, while traffic is shifted onto the southbound lanes.

The I-75 modernisation project involves reconstruction of 18 miles of pavement, replacement of bridges, addition of an HOV lane in each direction, and bringing the freeway up to current design standards from north of M-102 (Eight Mile Road) to South Boulevard.

The 2.69-mile first segment from north Coolidge to north South Boulevard was initially funded several years ago. This section carries up to 174,000 vehicles per day.


Image: Interstate 75 in Michigan at exit 2 in Monroe County. Photo: Courtesy of Doug Kerr / Wikimedia Commons.

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