Good news for I-275, county road travelers

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) delivered news today that should make those who travel I-275 and surrounding surface streets cheer.

Weather-permitting, MDOT expects to open the freeway as early as Labor Day weekend, ahead of the original mid-September contract completion date. Lanes and ramps began to close in early spring, with southbound lanes shut down May 2 to July 1, and northbound lanes, beginning July 5. Motorists have found headaches not only on the freeway, but also in traffic backups on major surface streets like Haggerty, Halsted, and Farmington Road.

In a release, the department noted that when the main freeway reopens, the ramps through the interchange will remain under construction, with closures affecting the M-5 ramps through September. Additional roadwork is expected to be completed this fall.

County road work suspended

Also on Monday, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) announced that most county road construction projects will be suspended at 3 p.m. on Friday, for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Work will resume after 6 a.m. on September 6.

RCOC has also prohibited hauling of most heavy earth-moving equipment and other large contractor equipment on county roads (vehicles that require a permit to travel on county roads) during the holiday. Some lane closures will be eliminated for the holiday, but roads that are currently closed for construction will remain closed to traffic.