Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Major construction project set for I-275

Traffic on Interstate 275 through Plymouth, Canton, Livonia and Northville will slow down considerably during a $50 million repair takes place next year.
The planned construction will take place on I-275 from Ford Road to Six Mile during the entire construction season, state officials told the audience at a meeting last week at Canton Township Summit on the Park.  During the construction, two lanes for north and southbound traffic will remain open, the officials said.
Representatives of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) explained that the project will include the repaving, shoulder widening and bridge maintenance along the freeway. Engineer Adam Pensenstadler told the audience that the repairs are crucial as the concrete on the roadway is from the '70s with asphalt on top.

“That surface is deteriorating,” he said. “We (state workers) have been out there every year doing patches.” He said the 3 ½ inches of asphalt on top of the old concrete would be replaced as part of the project set for next year.
He said that the 20 bridges included in the project will receive preventative maintenance including epoxy overlay, deck and sidewalk patching and rail replacements but that none of them is currently scheduled for any major repairs.
The exits at both Ford Road and Ann Arbor Road will be closed during the project, but not at the same time. Officials said the closures of the exit ramps would be alternated so as not to detour traffic too far.
Pensenstadler had no answers for residents in the area regarding work schedules, noise and additional traffic and explained that the state had just completed the design phase. He did assure the audience members that the project would be complete during the 2020 construction season.
He suggested that residents sign up for email alerts at to keep apprised of schedules and progress on the project.