FLINT TWP. — For the next month, be prepared for backed-up traffic at the I-75 exit to Miller Road. The traffic shift across the Miller Road bridge over I-75 began last Thursday, leaving only one lane open in both directions.
This shift will be in place through the end of May, according to a construction update from the Michigan Department of Transportation, which is conducting a $10-million bridge improvement project on I-75 from I- 69 to the border of Genesee and Saginaw counties.
Also, road work was scheduled to start Monday on the Corunna Road (M-21) overpass. Traffic controls and portable message boards were to be set up to notify drivers of ongoing construction.
The first lane closures are slated to start May 2 and will include periodic lane closures on both eastbound and westbound M-21. At least one lane in each direction will remain open for the life of the project, MDOT said.
Sidewalk and curb work will begin May 10 followed by coldmilling and paving of M-21. This should occur after the 4th of July holiday.
Also, there may be periodic nighttime lane closures throughout the life of the project which is expected to be completed July 30.
Work on the Arlene Drive bridge was to have started Tuesday and be completed by the end of June. The Arlene Drive bridge over I-75 will be closed with traffic detoured via Corunna (M-2) and Utley roads.
Work on the Beecher Road bridge starts April 28 and is to be completed by late June. One lane of traffic will be maintained across the bridge, using temporary traffic signals, which will be installed on both sides of I- 75.