Local motorists who use Interstate 94 for quicker commutes can anticipate orange barrels and delays in spring.
The highly traveled freeway will be resurfaced for more than five miles between 23 Mile and County Line roads. The $19.5-million project will include safety upgrades to the eastbound I-94 exit and entrance ramps at 23 Mile Road, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Work is scheduled to begin April 23 and end in mid-October, MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi said.
Road crews will keep two lanes open in each direction during peak travel hours between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. One lane in each direction will stay open on nights and weekend.
Among the project highlights:
- Resurfacing from 23 Mile to County Line and widening shoulders to 12 feet.
- Eastbound exit ramp to 23 Mile will be widened at the top to include a fourth lane, two lanes for eastbound turn and two lanes for westbound turn onto 23 Mile.
- The 23 Mile entrance to I-94 will be extended for drivers to merge onto the freeway easier.
- MDOT will extend ramps and make pavement repairs to M-19 interchange as well as reconstruct 26 Mile Road ramps.
During ramp closures, traffic will be detoured to M-3. However, all ramps will not be worked on simultaneously.