The Modernize I75 Project
The Modernize 75 plan, which aims to widen and renovate the interstate highway, is making progress and is considered 14% complete, according to the project’s official website. The work that started in March 2019 is the second of a three-segment outline, with the date of completion set to be during fall or winter of 2023. The overall area where I-75 will be undergoing construction stretches from South Boulevard in Auburn Hills to 8 Mile Road.
The first segment was completed in fall 2017. The one presently being worked on spans the length of I-75 beginning at Crooks Road in Troy and ending at 13 Mile Road in Madison Heights and is slated to be finished by the end of winter next year.
In April of this year we saw bridge demolitions taking place at several points within this second segment. On Friday, April 5, sections of 14 Mile and Long Lake roads were closed so that this process could commence, consequently requiring drivers to make use of detour routes. More demolition work began on Friday, April 12, necessitating the temporary closure of both north and southbound lanes on Coolidge Highway.
The goal of Modernize 75 is to create a smoother experience that will also help to keep Michigan drivers safer on the road. The freeway was built in the 1960s and requires improvements so that it can continue to serve the 174,000 vehicles that use it each day. The addition of a high-occupancy vehicle lane will also help to reduce congestion. So, although the construction may feel like an inconvenience while it’s in progress, it will ultimately make driving more efficient and, hopefully, reduce the incidence of collisions.