Downriver commuters have reason to rejoice today. While construction isn’t completely finished yet, at least one lane of I-75 South is open after two years of detours.
The main project site for construction proclaims, “SB I-75 is now open. 1 lane from I-96 to Springwells then all lanes open!!”
MDOT announced that one lane would be opening this morning from I-96 to Springwells, with the Springwells ramp reopening. Crews were able to open the lane a day early.
Heads up-SB 75 has 1 lane open, Clark to Springwells, then all SB lanes open! @75RougeRiver— MDOT - Metro Detroit (@MDOT_MetroDet) November 15, 2018
Commuters can expect back-ups, especially around rush hour, as more drivers use the freeway.
Work on 11 downriver bridges is expected to be complete by early December, depending on weather. Crews are also working on replacing concrete and sewer work between Clark Avenue and Springwells Street; this is expected to be finished by end of year or early 2019, depending on weather.
MDOT also states,
The southbound I-75 service drive will have two lanes open to access the Springwells Street entrance ramp to southbound I-75. Also, drivers on M-85 (Fort Street) can access Springwells Street to re-enter southbound I-75. The Schaefer Highway ramp to southbound I-75 will also be reopened.
Drivers have had to detour by taking 96 to 275, then back down to 75, or take West Jefferson or Fort Street to their destination.