I-75 closure starts Saturday
Feb. 2, 2017
Michigan’s largest bridge will undergo a major overhaul that will shut down Interstate 75’s southbound lanes for two years beginning Saturday, wreaking havoc on commuters from Detroit to Downriver and beyond.
The $165 million project involves removing and replacing the entire concrete surface on the perpetually pockmarked I-75 bridge that crosses the Rouge River in Detroit. The freeway closure spans eight miles, from Springwells in Detroit to Northline in Southgate. Southbound traffic will be detoured while northbound traffic will be maintained throughout the project’s duration on northbound lanes this year and on southbound lanes in 2018.
Commuters such as Tara Segrist, who drives to and from Detroit from her home in Lenewee County, aren’t looking forward to the disruption.