FLINT TWP. — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has completed construction on the Bristol Road roundabout adjacent to the northbound I-75 entrance ramp and the General Motors Flint Assembly plant, according to a press release. This $3 million investment involved constructing the roundabout and reconstructing several ramps to and from I-75, as well as the driveway to the GM plant.
Work on the roundabout began July 6 and has tracked right on time throughout the construction season, thanks in large part to the aggressive schedule set forth by MDOT project managers and the project contractor, Angelo Iafrate Construction Co. During construction, GM also worked closely with MDOT to alleviate additional traffic, rerouting delivery locations and employee parking to accommodate the lane restrictions on Bristol Road.
“We would like to commend MDOT on their professional and timely completion of the roundabout adjacent to our facility,” said Flint Bishop Airport Director Craig Williams. “As a result of their hard work, frequent communication and partnership, the impact on our passengers during construction was minimal and the benefits they will reap as a result of it will continue for years to come.”
MDOT staff reviewed the location known for traffic crashes and heavy congestion before deciding that a roundabout is the best means to alleviate both of those challenges. The roundabout will accommodate heavy commuter and commercial traffic during peak travel times through the day, including shift changes at the GM plant, and commercial routes from Flint Bishop International Airport, and the FedEx plant.
Throughout construction, both directions of traffic were maintained on Bristol Road, and at times included allowing traffic to navigate the partially constructed roundabout. Following intermittent lane closures Saturday, Oct. 22, to complete permanent pavement markings, the roundabout and surrounding area of Bristol Road was due to open fully to traffic, MDOT said.
For more information on roundabouts, go to: www.michigan.gov/roundabout. A map of the project area is available on Mi Drive: http://goo.gl/nw2hOk.