Get ready, motorists.
More than two years of work on the Interstate 96 Flex track begin on Monday.
The Michigan Department of Transportation, which oversees the huge $ 269 million project, has advised closing shoulders on both East and West I-96 between Kent Lake Road and I-275 / I-696 / M-5 to allow tree removal. and bushes. clearing adjacent to the roadway.
Construction of the I-96 Flex track itself will begin in a week, March 21, MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross wrote in an email.
While the freeway remains open, lanes will be closed, as well as ramps including the Kent Lake, Milford and Wicks ramps, which will be closed for about six months starting in late May. Cross suggested that drivers could use local roads instead of freeways.
The Flex Route traffic management system that was implemented at US-23 in Livingston and Washington counties, consists of opening the existing shoulders with a large volume of traffic and a ramp of accounting. For the I-96 Flex Route, ramp measurements will take place on eight ramps, with variable speed recommendations and information for travelers posted on electronic bulletin boards. The middle shoulders will be rebuilt as an additional lane to be used not only during rush hour, but also during special events, maintenance activities and as a workaround in traffic accidents.
The total cost of the I-96 Flex Route project includes:
- Costumes, lane control signs, bulletin boards, cameras and detection tools that allow part-time use of the middle shoulder during peak periods, provide lane departure warnings and variable speed recommendations, and facilitate incident management.
- Measure the ramp on eight entrance ramps to reduce congestion and increase reliability and road safety by breaking up traffic groups.
- Seven accident investigation sites along the outer shoulders to ensure elimination of incidents
- Restoration of all eastern and western lanes and platforms from Kent Lake Road to approximately 3,200 feet east to I-275 junction and extension of existing 9-foot off-paved shoulders to 10 feet.
- Restoration of ramps except for the interchanges of Lake Kent, Wicksham, Beck.
- Pavement repairs for existing Wixom and Beck road ramps.
- Beck Road fleet improvement.
- Improve 11 bridges and one box pipe, and build 11 new or new box pipes.
“This flexible route will get rid of the daily congestion problem by using our existing infrastructure compared to widening / widening the roadway, which will add an extra cost of many millions,” Cross said. “Instead, we use wide middle shoulders and use them as a Flex band during rush hour. The Flex band is still technically considered a shoulder, so it cannot be used as a permanent band. ”
She acknowledged that drivers may be frustrated with not being able to use their shoulders during rush hour, and they will have to adjust to a different way of using their shoulders. The sign informs the motorist if it is possible to use a flexible route and if not. The learning curve also exists to measure the ramp, which is designed for uniform traffic on the highway. Training videos are available at driveoakland.com.
Although adjustments to driving habits are needed, and work will not be completed until the fall of 2024, Cross said it will ultimately improve the quality of life of motorists.
“It will also increase safety, reduce travel time during peak periods and help eliminate incidents,” she said.
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