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MDOT: Drivers Have 3 Options For Closures During Upcoming I-275 Reconstruction Project

LIVONIA (WWJ) - Major reconstruction work is set to begin next year along I-275 and the Michigan Department of Transportation is asking for the public's input on how it should impact traffic.

The roughly $75 million project will stretch over six miles between 5 Mile Road and the I-96/I-696 interchange. Concrete in each direction will be replaced for a total of 92 lane miles. Repair work also will occur on the entrance and exit ramps at each "Mile Road" and with 16 bridges along the route.

When it comes to construction, residents and drivers have three options to choose from:

Option 1: One direction of I-275 will close completely, have traffic detoured, and work performed. Once one direction is completed, the opposite direction will close. This will take one construction season and $1.04 million in traffic control costs.

Option 2: Northbound I-275 will remain open the entire time, with traffic shifted as work is performed, and southbound traffic will be detoured during entire project. This will take two construction seasons and $2.87 million in traffic control costs.

Option 3: Both directions of I-275 will share one side of road with barrier walls separating traffic. This will take two construction seasons and $4.85 million in traffic control costs.

MDOT is asking the public to fill out an online survey (CLICK HERE) by 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 and submit their vote for the best option.


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