Public feedback helps MDOT choose best option for I-275 project lane closures

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LANSING, MI – The public answered the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) call and provided valuable input regarding traffic control options for next year’s I-275 project in Wayne and Oakland counties. MDOT

MDOT ran an online survey Oct. 2 – 9 to gather feedback, receiving 3,765 responses. The department will proceed with the most popular option.

Option 1 (87 percent): Close and detour one direction of I-275 at a time, taking only one construction season. $1.04 million in traffic control costs.

Option 2 (4 percent): Keep northbound I-275 during the entire project with traffic shifted as work is performed and detour southbound I-275 traffic, taking two construction seasons. $2.87 million in traffic control costs.

Option 3 (9 percent): Both directions of traffic maintained on one side of the freeway with a barrier wall separating traffic, taking two construction seasons. $4.85 million in traffic control costs.

The I-275 repair project is scheduled to begin next spring in the communities of Livonia, Novi, and Farmington Hills. This $70-$80 million investment will take place between 5 Mile Road and the I-96/I-696/M-5 interchange, and will include replacing 13 miles of concrete pavement, repairing entrance and exit ramps at each “Mile” road, repairing 16 bridges, improving drainage, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) work.

MDOT evaluated 22 possible road closure configurations, detours, lane shifts, and other traffic control options (barrels, barriers, signs, manpower, etc.). These configurations were narrowed to the three best options and were offered in the survey.

While the survey for the lane closures is now closed, MDOT continues to ask for public feedback on the I-275 project at A public meeting will be scheduled soon for early November that will allow the public to learn more about the project and speak to MDOT officials.

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