OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) — A huge construction project expected to take 14 years will start Monday on Interstate 75 in suburban Detroit.
The Michigan Department of Transportation named the Oakland County project “I-75 Modernization” which won’t be completed until 2030.
The $90.8 million project, which stretches 18 miles, will add a carpool lane (the first in the state), resurface the highway and replace bridges among other things.
Starting Monday, I-75 will be down to two lanes in both directions between Coolidge Highway and Squirrel Road for the first phase of the project, according to WDIV-TV.
MDOT says the highway was built in the 1960s and has never had a major improvement.
“It is a critical route for local and intrastate goods movement, a key commercial and business route, a tourist route to Northern Michigan, and a local residential artery,” MDOT said in its overview of the project.