One M-5 bridge opens, another set to close

Motorists cheered the opening of the M-5 Grand River bridge on Wednesday, but will soon contend with another long-term closure on the state highway.

The M-5 Drake Road bridge will close on Monday, July 8 for partial replacement, and remain closed through October. The Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) detour route for northbound Drake Road sends traffic to eastbound Nine Mile Road, then northbound Farmington Road to westbound Freedom Road.

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Southbound Drake Road traffic will be detoured to eastbound Freedom Road, then southbound Farmington Road to westbound Nine Mile Road.

The overall $11.8 million M-5 project spans 10 miles between M-102 (Eight Mile Road) and 13 Mile Road. It includes concrete repair and replacement, pavement conditioning, asphalt replacement, curb and gutter repair, concrete deck overlay, approach work, replacing half of the Drake Road Bridge due to damage from high-load hits, drainage structure repairs, sign replacement, and adding a westbound sidewalk to the Grand River Avenue Bridge to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

To view a project map, visit

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