(WXYZ) – Starting in July, the I-275 will be under construction and will last a total of four years. This could create problems for drivers getting to DTW, one of the busiest airports in the country.
The $ 270 million project is being built from the Monroe County border to 5 Mile Rd. along I-275.
Many of the more than 36 million passengers use the I-94 and I-275 interchange.
Jeff Horne, the project manager for construction contracts, says he has a plan to help people get to the airport.
“If we are working on the I-275 intersection, we will not allow the contractor to close any of the ramps. We will be building temporary ramps to keep traffic going,” Horne said.
This will allow traffic to get to I-94 and allow access to the airport. Note that traffic backups may be performed before reaching the exchange.
In 2022 the I-275 will be reconstructed southwards from 5 mile to Northline. In 2023 work will be shifted north.
During this time, the traffic shifts to the opposite side of the road, so that two lanes are possible, both north and south.
In contrast to the I-275 construction from the M-14 to the I-696 / I-96, the motorway is not closed, also because there is no good detour for traffic.
“Usually we close one freeway or a certain border and reroute the other border. This is not the case with this job,” said Horne. “We will have two lanes for most of the project.”
However, I-275 will be on a track from Northline to the Monroe County border this July and will last most of the summer.
“We’re making concrete paving and covering the ramps, the entrance and exit ramps to the intersections with asphalt,” said Horne.
There will also be 65 bridges that will be reconstructed during the project.