October 15, 2008 CAPAC — Crews are making preparations for next year's major reconstruction of I-69.
Jeff Pitt, a cost and scheduling engineer with the Michigan Department of Transportation said work is underway on creating a temporary concrete plant and loading yard on a patch of land between the interstate and westbound entrance ramp at Capac Road. The concrete will be used to create crossovers that will allow for traffic shifts when roadway work commences next spring.
About six miles of the interstate will be reconstructed from the St. Clair/Lapeer County line east to Miller Rd, including the Capac Rd. interchange. Bridge work will also be done on the Cox-Doty Drain and Martin and Miller Rd. overpasses.
Pitt said motorists should expect to soon see daytime lane closures as preparations are made. Once the reconstruction begins in 2009, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
"Contractors are proposing to keep the ramps open at all times," Pitt said.
Overall, the project is 'pretty straightforward,' Pitt said. So much so that MDOT has veered from its normal planning procedure, Pitt said.
Instead of creating the plans and going out for bids, the contractors and design team will create the final plans this winter.
Pitt said the Capac-area project was next on MDOT's five year plan.
Currently, construction is slated for completion in November 2009.