Pack your patience! Southfield Freeway closures coming

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A major construction project planned for the Southfield Freeway will require drivers to pack their patience in 2011!

Rebuilding and repairs on the Freeway and bridges will begin in January. When it starts, you can expect traffic delays with single-lane closures between Ford Road and 8 Mile, but those closures will expand to multiple lane closures in off-peak hours. Both the Lodge and Ford Road will have weekend closures from Friday night to Monday morning. Other surface streets may also be closed during this time.

When spring arrives, the work will be expanded to a full closure of the Southfield Freeway from I-96 to the Lodge. The main detour will be Telegraph Road.

M-DOT plans to rebuild 3 1/4 miles of the freeway from the Lodge Freeway to McNichols. It's part of an $80 million project that includes replacing the freeway lighting from Ford Road to the Lodge with LED lights, as well as replacing the drainage system on the freeway.

Crews will also construct a new screen wall between the freeway and the service drive and rehabilitate or replace 24 bridges between 8 Mile Road and Outer Drive.

Those bridges include the following overpasses:

  • Joy Road
  • Fenkel Avenue
  • 8 Mile
  • Lyndon Avenue
  • West Chicago
  • 6 Mile
  • Fitzpatrick Road
  • Curtis Avenue
  • Puritan Avenue
  • Plymouth Road
  • 7 Mile
  • Fullerton Avenue
  • Pembroke Avenue
  • Outer Drive
  • Village Road
  • Fern Avenue
  • Hubbard Avenue
  • Oakwood Boulevard

Crews will also construct an erosion barrier, install new grass, implement plans to prevent erosion and improve the appearance of the roadway.