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Construction begins this week on I-75 in southern Oakland County

Posted at 6:30 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 18:30:51-05

(WXYZ) — It is already that time of year. Construction season is about to begin again.

MDOT says it will kick off the second segment of the Modernize I-75 Construction Project on Thursday.

We have told the stories of people who hit potholes and damaged their cars on I-75 in recent weeks. At times it has been so bad MDOT has called for emergency shut downs while crews repair the crumbling interstate.

Now work begins that will address this.

“This is a full scale rebuild. This is from the ground up, completely rebuilding this segment of I-75,” said Rob Morosi, MDOT Spokesperson.

It is a $224 million dollar project. Along more than 8 miles of I-75 from Thirteen Mile to Coolidge there will be new drains, road, and bridges built. It will take two years, but MDOT says it will last for decades. Thursday crews will begin to prepare for a traffic shift - as both directions are put on one side of i-75.

“By the middle of March we fully expect all northbound traffic to be using the southbound side of the freeway, but we will have temporary exits, at Fourteen Mile, Big Beaver, Rochester, so northbound traffic once they are in the zone won’t have to go all 8.5 miles,” said Morosi.