Governor Gretchen Whitmer revealed on Monday that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is launching a series of road and bridge repair projects this week, including key works in Wayne, Calhoun, Ingham, Iosco, and Kent counties. These investments are anticipated to boost local employment, supporting 167 jobs.
“Across Michigan, we are moving dirt and fixing the damn roads to drive economic activity, help Michiganders go to work, drop their kids off at school, and run errands safely,” said Governor Whitmer in a statement. “Through the end of this construction season, we will have fixed, repaired, or replaced nearly 20,000 lane miles of state-owned roads and 1,400 bridges since I took office, supporting 89,000 jobs without raising taxes by a dime. Let’s roll up our sleeves and keep getting things done.”
Key Projects Include:
- M-37/I-94 Business Loop (BL) in Calhoun County: Repaving work is scheduled to begin.
- M-99 in Ingham County: Bridge deck pouring.
- M-65 in Iosco County: Bridge repairs.
- I-96 in Kent County: Repair work.
- M-5 in Wayne County: Resurfacing work.
- M-85 in Wayne County: Rebuilding projects.
Specifically, MDOT is investing $5.4 million to rebuild the M-85 (Fort Street) bridges over Ecorse Creek in Detroit and Lincoln Park, with an expected completion date of Fall 2024. The undertaking will replace two superstructures, repair concrete elements, replace guardrail, and modernize traffic signals. Traffic restrictions will include the reduction of southbound M-85 to one lane near Outer Drive starting 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, lasting through late fall.
Furthermore, $5.9 million has been allocated to resurface M-5 (Grand River Avenue) between M-102 (8 Mile Road) and Lahser Road in Detroit, Livonia, and Redford Township. This project is expected to be concluded by December 2023, and will necessitate the closure of the far-right lanes in each direction for sidewalk ramp work and sewer work.
Economic Impact and Safety Considerations
According to economic modeling, the investment in the M-85 bridges alone is anticipated to support 65 jobs, while the M-5 project will support an additional 72 jobs.
Safety remains at the forefront of these projects. The M-85 project will furnish drivers with fully rebuilt structures featuring new guardrails, sidewalks, and fresh pavement markings. The M-5 project will enhance ride quality and extend the roadway’s service life. Both projects have been meticulously planned to provide the safest work area possible for crews and motorists, considering traffic restrictions.
The multiple projects will impact travel throughout the region and are aimed at providing long-term benefits to the state’s transportation system and the local economy. Residents and commuters are encouraged to stay updated on project developments and to plan their routes accordingly.