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COVID-19 Shut Michigan Down, But I-75 Construction Continues — With Precautions

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Michigan Department of Transportation officials say work has faced slowdowns due to the COVID-19 virus, but it’s unclear if the overall project timeline will be impacted.

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With road crews assigned to major projects designated essential by the State of Michigan, long term efforts to revamp I-75 have continued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the project has faced slowdowns due to the virus, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.  

Some of the utility crews have been struck by some COVID issues.” — Rob Morosi, MDOT

Spokesperson Rob Morosi says a protocol is in place for when workers exhibit potential symptoms.

Anybody on a work crew that essentially exhibited any signs, they were quarantined and most of the workers that were with them on that crew also did self-quarantine,” Morosi says, 

Morosi says those practices have not been enough to halt construction efforts. However, he says some utility projects have faced delays.

On some of the bridges we have utility lines that run under freeway overpasses,” Morosi says. “Some of the utility crews have been struck by some COVID issues.”

MDOT currently plans to conclude segment two of the I-75 Modernization Project later this fall. Morosi says it’s too soon to tell if COVID related delays will impact that timeline, adding that road crews have not faced as many weather setbacks this year as they did in 2019.

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Alex McLenon, Associate Producer

Alex McLenon is an Associate Producer with 101.9 WDET. McLenon has many interests; from cars and sports to arts and science. During college he amassed four years of experience as a Zamboni driver and acknowledges spending far too much money on his CD collection.

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