Enjoy the snow while it lasts, motorists. Once winter shifts into construction season, some of the highest traveled thoroughfares heading in the area will undergo resurfacing work.
The Michigan Department of Transportation announced this week that it plans to award approximately $187 million in contracts during 2013 to improve 80 miles of pavement and repair 15 bridges in the MDOT Metro Region.
Roughly $30.3 million of this total has been allocated to resurfacing 5 miles of I-94 between I-696 and Masonic, and more than 3 miles of Groesbeck between Hayes and 14 Mile.
The majority of the work is planned for Wayne County and Detroit specifically, but projects have been announced for Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties. These four counties account for about 40 percent of all traffic in Michigan, according to MDOT.
"Our 2013 program focuses on stretching our dwindling funds to best preserve our vital roads and bridges," said Metro Region Engineer Tony Kratofil, in a prepared statement. "We do this by using proven asset management strategies to ensure that we continue to provide the greatest return on tax payers' investments."
The Metro Region 2013 program will allocate approximately $142 million to pavement repair and $45 million to bridge upgrades. This $90 million less than the 2011 program.
- I-94: a $17 million investment to resurface 5 miles between I-696 and Masonic Blvd.
- M-97 (Groesbeck): a $13.5 million investment to resurface more than 3 miles between Hayes and 14 Mile roads.
- M-53 (Van Dyke Freeway): a $16.6 million investment to reconstruct more than 4 miles between 34 Mile and Bordman roads.
St. Clair County
- I-94: a $60 million investment to replace eight bridges at the I-94/I-69 interchange. Project includes reconstructing I-94 between Griswold and Lapeer roads, and reconstructing I-69 between the interchange and Range Road.
- I-696: a $2.2 million investment to repair pavement between I-275 and Orchard Lake Road, and between Woodward Avenue and Dequindre Road.
- I-75: a $4.5 million investment to resurface more than 14 miles of southbound I-75 between M-15 and County Line.
- M-1 (Woodward Road): a $4.8 million investment to resurface more than 5 miles between 14 Mile Road and Oakridge Boulevard.
- US-24 (Dixie Highway): a $19.2 million investment to resurface 9 miles between Telegraph Road and I-75.
- I-94: a $9.5 million investment to replace the West Grand Boulevard overpass.
- I-94: an $8 million investment to replace the M-53 (Van Dyke Avenue) overpass.
- M-102 (8 Mile Road): an $11.5 million investment to resurface 3 miles between US-24 (Telegraph Road) and M-39 (Southfield Freeway).
- I-75: a $3.3 million investment to resurface more than 5 miles between Piquette Avenue and M-102 (8 Mile Road).
- M-97 (Jefferson Avenue): a $231,000 investment to reconstruct the eastbound ramp to M-10 (Lodge Freeway).
- M-85 (Fort Street): a $46 million investment to replace the Bascule Bridge over the Rouge River.
- M-14: a $1.7 million investment to resurface more than 2 miles between Sheldon and Haggerty roads.
- I-94: a $1.2 million investment to reconstruct the bridge approaches over US-24 (Telegraph Road).
- I-75: a $1.8 investment to reconstruct the ramps at the Eureka Road interchange.
- M-85 (Fort Street): a $3 million investment to resurface more than 7 miles between I-75 and Sibley Road.
- M-85 (Fort Street): the second year of a $40 million investment to reconstruct more than 4 miles between Sibley to Goddard roads.