Road projects due in ’12 Downriver

By ANDREA POTEET
Sunday Times Newspapers

Michigan Department of Transportation road crews may be taking a hiatus during the cold winter months, but Downriver drivers will see more road construction in the new year.

MDOT crews are set to begin an $11 million overhaul of Interstate 94 bridges over Southfield Freeway in Allen Park this year and continue other ongoing projects in 2012 and 2013, according to their website.

Start dates for the projects have not yet been announced.

A $40 million overhaul of Fort Street between Pennsylvania and Goddard roads that began this fall is set to continue until winter 2013, and will include replacement of bridges north of Goddard as well as upgrades to drain age systems, street lighting and traffic signal upgrades.

During the project, two lanes will be opened in each direction except from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Friday through Saturday, when traffic may be reduced to one lane in each direction. Eureka Road was set to close at Fort Street beginning Jan. 6 until April 2 for the construction project.

The interchange of Interstate 75 at Dix-Toledo in Brownstown Township is to be rebuilt and reconfigured for a cost of $16 million.

All businesses are to remain open during the construction season, for which MDOT plans to spend about $193 million in metropolitan Detroit, according to published reports. In 2011, it spent nearly $273 million, due largely to its reconstruction of Southfield Freeway.

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