The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced this past week plans to open the new Flex Route on US-23 in early to mid-November.
The year-long construction project has primarily aimed at turning the inner shoulders into a third traffic lane on both sides of US-23 between M-14 and Nine Mile Rd (M-36). The lane will be open during times of heavy congestion such as rush hour, holidays, football games and weather.
According to MDOT, more than 60,000 cars travel that stretch of road daily with the heaviest congestion during morning and late afternoon rush hours. Other times, traffic flow is light to normal. It is for this reason US-23 was chosen for Michigan’s first Flex Route.
Cameras and electronic signs will be used to monitor traffic flow and communicate to drivers when the lane is open for use.
In addition to widening the inner shoulder for use as a temporary lane, the $92 million project replaced overpasses at Six Mile, Eight Mile and North Territorial along with the Great Lakes Central Railroad bridge. The Barker Road bridge has been widened to accommodate a wider shoulder.