- The Michigan DOT announced this week that work on the $224 million segment 2 portion of the state’s $2 billion I-75 modernization project through Detroit-area Oakland County will begin Thursday.
- Work on the 8-mile stretch includes reconstruction of pavement, improvement of 18 structures, drainage upgrades, construction of "community-developed aesthetics" and noise walls, as well as the construction of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, which will extend through the entire modernization project.
- MDOT said that by mid-March, all traffic should be shifted to the highway’s southbound lanes so crews will be able to rebuild the northbound side.
The entire I-75 modernization project will see the reconstruction of approximately 18 miles of pavement, replacement of bridges and the addition of an HOV lane in each direction. Crews will also bring the highway up to current design standards.
Segments 2 and 3 together are worth $1.6 billion and are expected to contribute almost $800 million to the Detroit area’s construction industry during the next five years. The joint venture of Walsh Construction Co. and Toebe Construction LLC is the contractor for segment 2, while Oakland Corridor Partners — John Laing Investment Ltd., AECOM Capital Inc., Jay Dee Contractors Inc., Ajax Paving Industries Inc. and Dan's Excavating Inc. — has the $1.4 billion contract to design, build, finance and maintain segment 3. The construction piece of the segment 3 contract is estimated at $629 million. Segment 1 cost MDOT $90 million.
MDOT shrunk the project's completion schedule by 10 years when it split the modernization into three pieces rather than pursue a single contract. State transportation officials also figure that Michigan taxpayers will come out ahead by transferring the maintenance of segment 3 to a private entity, as the agreement requires Oakland Corridor Partners to meet performance standards and locks in pricing.
In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan and state transportation officials are considering splitting up a planned $7.6 billion managed lane project along Interstates 495 and 270 into more than one public-private partnership (P3) contract. However, Maryland DOT must first win approval from the state Board of Public Works to use that procurement method, according to a presolicitation information memorandum sent to potential contractors and concessionaires at the end of last year. In January, the state DOT announced that 27 private entities, domestic and international, had expressed interest in bidding on the project.