GREEN OAK TWP. — The Michigan Department of Transportation is holding a meeting on Phase 2 of the US 23 flex route project, which will begin in 2023.
MDOT officials will discuss the project from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the Green Oak Charter Township Building. MDOT representatives will be available to answer questions.
MDOT plans to extend the flex lane north to tie it to the interchange at Interstate 96. The lane ends north of the Lee Road exit and south of the Lee Road Bridge. The flex lane changes to an exit-only lane on westbound I-96. The second phase is expected to cost $146 million.
Completing the lane could reduce crashes by 34%, according to MDOT.
A flexible lane of US 23 is currently completed between Warren Road and M-36. This allows motorists to travel on the left shoulder on the south side of the highway during the morning rush hour and on the north side during the evening rush hour and other times of heavy traffic. It also has overhead signs that alert motorists when a lane is open, as well as warning of traffic conditions ahead such as accidents and suggested speeds.
MDOT created the first flexible route on US 23 between M-14 and 8 Mile Road in 2016 and 2017 at a cost of $125 million.
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