New freeway ramp closures start Friday as part of the US-23 Flex Route project.

Daily flag control operations will be in effect on 8 Mile Road at US-23 through Friday, between 9am and 3pm each day. The lane restrictions on 8 Mile Road are needed for temporary widening work.

Starting Friday, the entrance ramp to northbound US-23 from 8 Mile will be closed for one week for ramp reconstruction. The ramp is anticipated to re-open next Friday at approximately 3pm. A detour will be posted that directs traffic westbound on 8 Mile Road, then northbound on Whitmore Lake Road to M-36, back to northbound US-23.

There will also be a full time, single lane closure this weekend on southbound US-23 from Silver Lake Road to 6 Mile starting at 8pm Friday through 5am Monday. Overnight, single lane closures throughout the work zone will then continue next week for paving and concrete patch work.

M-DOT further advises area motorists to prepare for additional closures next week. Monday through Friday, there will be intermittent 15 minute freeway closures nightly between 1am and 4am on northbound US-23 from North Territorial Road to M-14 for truss installation.

Finally starting on Monday but lasting through June 15th, the entrance ramp to southbound US-23 from North Territorial Road will be closed to reconstruct the interchange. The posted detour is northbound US-23 to 6 Mile to southbound US-23.

US-23 between 8 Mile Road and Barker Road -

Starting this weekend, all lanes of traffic on US-23, from just north of 8 Mile Road to just south of Barker Road, will be shifted to the temporarily widened northbound lanes. The shift to place all southbound lanes on the northbound side of US-23 is scheduled to take place Friday night, May 19, and will be fully implemented by Saturday morning, May 20. It will remain in place until late August of this year.
To accommodate the traffic shift, two median cross-overs will be used – one placed north of 8 Mile Road and one placed south of Barker Road. The shift is needed for full width reconstruction of the southbound US-23 railroad bridge.

M-DOT asks that motorists to drive with caution in the work zone and be alert for traffic slowdowns. (JM)