The Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) recently approved 2008-2012 Five Year Transportation Program will provide millions of dollars in transportation improvements to the Bay Region this year.
MDOT's Bay Region includes 13 counties in the Saginaw Bay area: Arenac, Bay, Clare, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Isabella, Lapeer, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, and Tuscola. Major state trunk lines in the region include: Interstate 75, Interstate 69, US-127, US-23, and US-10.
The 2008 rehabilitation and reconstruction work will provide approximately $54.6 million in road and bridge investments. Another $10.8 million will be invested in capital preventive maintenance (CPM) projects in order to improve a significant number of roads and bridges. Other investments include $4.9 million for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) infrastructure development and $9.8 million earmarked for various safety improvements. These investments will serve motorists by improving the pavement and bridge condition and by extending the life of the roadways throughout the region. In addition, these investments will promote safety by improving traffic mobility for years to come.
"We will continue to place particular emphasis on freeway improvements," said Bay Region Engineer Terry Anderson. "Long-term fixes have been identified for many of our 'Corridors of Significance,' including major travel and tourist routes along Interstate 75, Interstate 475 and US-10."
Interstate 75, a major tourist route linking Michigan to other states, is considered a National Corridor of Significance. In addition to connecting the Bay Region to attractions in the north, it also is used to transport a high volume of goods, services and people, which supports the national economy. Serving the greater Flint area, Interstate 475 — another significant corridor — relieves congestion on Interstate 75 during peak travel periods. US-10 is important to travel and commerce across the state and, as a result, serves as a primary connector for Interstate 75 and US-127.
Some major projects planned for 2008 include:
- Interstate 75 reconstruction, from Birch Run Creek to Dixie Highway in Saginaw County
- Interstate 75 structural bearings replacement on the Zilwaukee Bridge over the Saginaw River in Saginaw County
- Interstate 75 reconstruction, from just north of M-84 to south of US-10 in Bay County
- Interstate 475 reconstruction, from north of Saginaw Street to the north junction of Interstate 75 in Genesee County
- US-10 rehabilitation and resurfacing, from Sanford Lake to the Midland/Bay county line in Midland County
- US-10 bridge replacements over Sanford Lake in Midland County
- M-25 resurfacing, from the St. Clair/Sanilac county line to 1 mile south of Lexington in Sanilac County
- Interstate 75 and Interstate 69 traffic surveillance equipment and dynamic message systems installation in Saginaw and Genesee counties
"It is a priority for the Bay Region to improve the freeway system while simultaneously increasing system reliability and traveler mobility. We plan to accomplish this goal by utilizing new technologies that will provide motorists with real-time information as they travel Michigan roadways," Anderson said.
The highways of the Bay Region also serve the Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, and Midland industrial centers, and are primary tourism and international trade routes.