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MDOT Begins Rollout of Orange Barrels

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In an effort to increase safety and keep as many roads and bridges as possible in good condition throughout the year, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) once again is rolling out the orange barrels in the central Michigan and Thumb area. Regular construction and traffic updates will be announced as ongoing work is scheduled.

Major state trunklines in the region include: I-75, I-69, US-127, US-23 and US-10. These highways are primary tourism and international trade routes that serve industrial centers within the Flint area and the Great Lakes Bay Region (Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties), along with the Mt. Pleasant and Thumb areas.

“To safeguards their own lives and keep MDOT workers safe, we ask motorists to observe the signs along highways that indicate work zones, to stay alert and give full attention to the roadway,” said MDOT Bay Region Engineer Robert A. Ranck Jr.

The following traffic restrictions will be in effect beginning in April, including new work and minor short-duration work remaining from the prior construction season. All work is weather dependent.

Work in the Flint area includes:

  • I-475, Genesee County (April 16 – late July): $2 million bridge repair project. Daytime single lane closures and nighttime double-lane closures under the following local bridges: Third Street over I-475, Kearsley Street over I-475, Eastbound Robert T. Longway Boulevard over I-475 and Westbound Robert T. Longway Boulevard
  • M-24, Lapeer County (April 30 – late October): $3 million bridge replacement work at the following locations: Bridge over an abandoned railroad just north of Lapeer, bridge over Plum Creek.

For more information on construction and real time traffic updates, visit the MDOT website.



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