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MDOT halts some projects for holiday weekend

Buckrail News|

Your weekend drive may get a little easier.  On Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Transportation is halting two-thirds of their construction projects for the holiday weekend. 


MDOT is halting 101 construction projects in anticipation for people traveling for Independence Day. 


According to AAA, around 1.4 million people in Michigan will travel around the state to celebrate the Fourth of July. 


With so many people traveling, MDOT officials said clearing the roadways of construction will help keep drivers safe and keep traffic moving. 


MDOT officials said they are lifting traffic restrictions, reopening lanes, and clearing work zones at many construction sites to prevent traffic jams on roads across the state.


Construction projects will start back up on Monday July 8th at 6:00 AM. 


Below are the worksites that will remain active over the weekend:


Central Michigan and Thumb

  • I-75, Bay County, will have one lane closed in each direction from south of the M-13 connector to Beaver Road. A moveable barrier wall will keep two northbound lanes open through Saturday evening, then will be moved to allow two southbound lanes to be open for the rest of the weekend.
  • I-475 Genesee County, has the southbound lanes closed from I-75 to Carpenter Road. Northbound I-475 will have one lane closed from I-69 to Carpenter Road, and two lanes closed from Carpenter Road to the north I-75/I-475 junction.
  • M-20 in Midland, Midland County, has one lane open in each direction over the Tittabawassee River.
  • US-10, Clare County, has one lane open in each direction between US-127 and US-10 Business Route.

Northern Lower Peninsula

  • M-55, Manistee County, will be closed between M-37 and Snyder Road with a detour.
  • M-72, Crawford County, will have one lane open in each direction west of Grayling.
  • US-31 in Petoskey, Emmet County, will have one lane open in each direction between Mitchell Street and Fairview Avenue with traffic shifts
  • US-131, Grand Traverse County, will be closed and detoured between M-113 and M-186 near Fife Lake.

Upper Peninsula

  • I-75 Business Spur in Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa County, has one lane open in each direction between I-75 and 10th Avenue. 
  • US-2 in Naubinway, Mackinac County, will have at least one lane open in each direction between Beach Road and Borgstrom Road.