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Packing Up The Car for Fourth of July Getaway? Find Out What to Expect on Michigan Roads

Michigan Department of Transportation is suspending a slew of construction projects across the state to help ease traffic flow for holiday commuters.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting traffic restrictions on 100 of 155 projects statewide to alleviate traffic woes for Fourth of July travels.

From 3 p.m. July 3 to 6 a.m. July 5, MDOT will suspend construction wherever possible on state roads and bridges while regular construction lane restrictions will be in place on the weekends before and after the July Fourth holiday.

 "We urge all motorists to drive with caution through work zones during this busy summer holiday weekend," Michigan Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said in a prepared statement. "Be sure to plan ahead, buckle up, and put the cell phone away while driving so everyone gets to their destination safely."

During the holiday, the following 55 work zones will have active lane restrictions in place, according to to MDOT:

Upper Peninsula

  • I-75, Chippewa County, will have one lane of traffic open in each direction between M-28 and 3 Mile Road. Vehicles over 11 feet wide are prohibited.
  • M-26 in Tamarack City, Houghton County, will have a traffic shift and one lane of traffic open in each direction.
  • US-2 near Nahma, Delta County, will have a traffic shift at the Sturgeon River bridge.
  • US-2, Delta County, will have a temporary traffic signal at the railroad overpass east of Rapid River.
  • US-2 in Iron River, Iron County, will be detoured on city streets.
  • US-2/US-41 north of Gladstone, Delta County, will have one lane of traffic open in each direction on the bridges over the CN Railroad.
  • US-41, Marquette County, will have a traffic shift and one lane open in each direction between the Michigan Welcome Center in Harvey and the Carp River in Marquette.
  • US-41/M-28 in Marquette, Marquette County, will have one lane of traffic open in each direction under the Champion Street bridge; the bridge is closed.

Northern Lower Michigan

  • US-23 in downtown Oscoda, Iosco County, has lane shifts in place. Traffic is detoured from the AuSable River Bridge to F-41.
  • US-31, Benzie County, has one lane open in each direction between Benzonia and Beulah.

West Michigan

  • M-11 (28th Street) in Wyoming, Kent County, will have one lane open in each direction at Byron Center Avenue.
  • M-20 (Maple Street) in Big Rapids, Mecosta County, will have one lane open in each direction over the Muskegon River with a traffic shift.
  • M-21 (Fulton Street) in Ada, Kent County, will have one lane open in each direction on the temporary bridge over the Grand River.
  • M-121 (Chicago Drive) in Jenison, Ottawa County, will have two westbound lanes open; one eastbound lane will be open between I-196 and Main Street.
  • M-121 (Chicago Drive) in Zeeland Township, Ottawa County, has all eastbound lanes closed between 64th and 72nd avenues with a posted detour.
  • US-131 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, has the northbound US-131 on and off ramps to Franklin Street closed. The southbound US-131 ramp to Franklin Street is open for westbound Franklin Street only.
  • US-131 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, will have two lanes open in each direction. The center lane is closed on southbound US-131 from Leonard Street to Hall Street while the center lane is closed on northbound US-131 from north of M-11 (28th Street) to Wealthy Street.
  • US-131 near Howard City, Montcalm County, will have a traffic shift from Cannonsville Road north to eastbound M-46 (Howard City Edmore Road). Southbound US-131 will be shifted to the northbound side with two southbound lanes open and one northbound lane open. Traffic will be separated by a concrete barrier. The southbound US-131 on and off ramps at M-82 will be closed, as well as the on ramp from M-46 to southbound US-131.

Southwest Michigan

  • Jonesville Road, Branch County, is closed over I-69 and detoured north of Coldwater. All I-69 lanes are open.
  • I‐196, Allegan County, will have one lane open in each direction from 130th Avenue to 60th Street. The northbound I-196 ramps are closed at Blue Star Highway Exit 41.
  • M-43 in Hastings, Barry County, has one lane open in each direction.
  • M-63, Berrien County, is closed over I-94 with a posted detour. All I-94 lanes are open.
  • M‐89 in Plainwell, Allegan County, has one eastbound lane open from 12th Street to Sherwood Avenue. Westbound M-89 is detoured.
  • M-139, Berrien County, has one lane open over the Dowagiac River using a traffic signal.
  • M‐331 in downtown Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, is closed over Axtell Creek and detoured.

Central Michigan and Thumb

  • I-75 and US-23, Arenac County, has the southbound I-75 ramp to eastbound US-23 detoured for bridge work. All lanes will be open on I-75.
  • M-24 just north of Lapeer, Lapeer County, will have one lane open in each direction over the abandon railroad with a traffic shift.
  • M-24, Lapeer County, will have one lane open with a temporary traffic signal at Plum Creek, north of Daley Road.
  • M-25, Huron County, has traffic detoured over Harbor Beach Creek.
  • M-54, Genesee County, has one southbound lane closed at the bridge at Thread Creek, just north of Atherton Road.
  • M-142, Huron County, has traffic detoured over the Nettle Run.
  • M-142, Huron County, has traffic detoured over the Pigeon River.

Southern Michigan

  • M-14, Washtenaw County, has two lanes open in each direction between US-23 and the Wayne County line with a traffic shift.
  • M-43 (Saginaw Street) in Lansing, Ingham County, has the bridge over the Grand River closed with traffic detoured. 
  • M-50 (McDevitt Avenue), Jackson County, will have the bridge over US-127 closed with a detour posted.
  • M-50 (West Avenue) in Jackson, Jackson County, will be closed between Wildwood Avenue and Ganson Street with a detour posted.
  • M-52 in Adrian, Lenawee County, has one lane open in each direction between US-223 and South Street. 
  • M-52 in Manchester, Washtenaw County, has southbound traffic maintained between Dutch Drive and Austin Road with northbound traffic detoured.
  • M-100 (Jefferson Street) in downtown Grand Ledge, Eaton County, is closed between Willow Highway and Bridge Street with a detour posted.
  • US-23, Livingston County, has two lanes open in each direction north of M-36 near Silver Lake Road with a traffic shift. 
  • US-127, Ingham County, has the rest area near Holt Road closed for reconstruction.
  • US-127, Ingham County, has one northbound lane open between I-496 and M-43 (Saginaw Street). Also, the exit to M-43 is closed with a detour posted. Southbound US-127 has all lanes open.
  • US-223 in Palmyra, Lenawee County, has one lane open over the River Raisin with a temporary signal.

City of Detroit

  • M-85 (Fort Street) has one lane open in each direction with a center-turn lane between St. Anne Street and West Grand Boulevard.

Wayne County

  • I-75 has two lanes open in each direction between King and Sibley roads with all traffic shifted to the southbound side of the freeway. In addition, the following will be closed:

            - Dix-Toledo Road over I-75, Northbound I-75 ramp to Dix-Toledo Road, Southbound Dix-Toledo Road ramp to southbound I-75, and Northbound Dix-Toledo Road ramp to northbound I-75.

  • I-94 has three westbound lanes open over I-275 with a traffic shift and reduced speeds posted.
  • I-94 has two lanes open in each direction over M-39 with a traffic shift.
  • The I-94/M-39 interchange will have the following closures:

            - Pelham Road ramp to eastbound I-94, and Northbound M-39 ramp to westbound I-94.

  • I-275 has two lanes open in each direction between Hannan Road and Michigan Avenue, and between Warren and Plymouth roads. In addition, the following ramps will be closed:

            - Westbound Ann Arbor Road ramp to northbound I-275, Westbound US-12 ramp to southbound I-275 and Eastbound US-12 ramp to northbound I-275.

  • M-85 (Fort Street) has two lanes open in each direction between Sibley and Goddard roads.
  • Old M-14 (Plymouth Road) has one lane open in each direction between Market Street and Farmington Road.
  • US-24 (Telegraph Road) has one lane open in each direction between Vreeland and West roads.

Oakland County

  • I-96 has three lanes open in each direction between Kent Lake and Milford roads with a traffic shift and reduced speeds posted. In addition, the following are closed:

            - Northbound and southbound Kent Lake Road ramps to westbound I-96, Southbound Milford Road ramp to eastbound I-96, Westbound I-96 ramp to southbound Milford Road, and Southbound Kent Lake Road ramp to eastbound I-96.

  • M-150 (Rochester Road) is closed in each direction between 2nd Street and University Drive. Detours are posted.
  • Southbound US-24 Business Route (Cesar Chavez Drive) is closed; one northbound lane is open between Montcalm and the Woodward Loop. 

Macomb and St. Clair Counties 

  • I-94 has two lanes open in each direction between 23 Mile and County Line roads with a traffic shift.
  • I-94/I-69 has two lanes open in each direction between Pine Grove Avenue and Lapeer Road with all traffic shifted to the eastbound side of the roadway. In addition, Riverside Drive is closed under I-94/I-69 and detoured.

For more information and updates, visit MDOT's website.

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