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      Road work on US-127/I-496

      Starting in mid-March, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin construction on US-127/I-496 from I-96 to just south of Trowbridge Road, in Ingham County. Improvements include resurfacing 4 miles of roadway and bridge repair at Jolly Road, Dunckel Road, Forest Road, and Mt. Hope Road. The Dunckel Road bridge over US-127/I-496 (Exit #11) will be replaced with a new widened structure.

      In mid-March, nighttime closures will occur on US-127/I-496 between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. Continuous lane closures on both northbound and southbound US-127 will begin as early as the last week of March and will remain in place until early July. In addition, for a three week period starting in late March, the ramp from westbound I-96 to northbound US-127 will be closed and a detour posted.

      Motorists who use this route are strongly urged to seek an alternate route, especially during weekday morning and afternoon rush hour periods. Suggested alternate routes include I-69 (north side of Lansing), I-96 (west side of Lansing), and I-496 through downtown Lansing. Major north-south surface streets such as Cedar Street (I-96 Business Loop) and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (M-99) are also possible alternative routes. Severe backups are expected especially during peak travel times.

      At Dunckel Road, the bridge over US-127/I-496 will close May 11, following the end of Michigan State University's spring semester, and reopen by mid-August, prior to the start of fall semester. In addition, Dunckel Road, east of the interchange, will be reconstructed, along with ramp improvements at the interchange.

      Traffic will be maintained to all US-127/Dunckel Road entrance and exit ramps during the Dunckel Road reconstruction, and while the bridge is closed. The majority of ramp work at Dunckel Road will not begin until later this summer after the Dunckel Road bridge is reopened to traffic.

      For up-to-date information on this project, visit MDOT's Web site at Motorists also can subscribe to US-127/I-496/I-96 e-mail alerts at