Sashabaw Road Project from I-75 to Waldon Road in Independence Township to Begin May 14

If you’re heading to a concert this summer at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, you may want to start seeking an alternate route. That’s because according to a press release from the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC), contractors will begin work on Sashabaw Road from I-75 to Waldon Road beginning Thursday, May 14. Eddie Money kicks off the concert season at DTE on Friday, May 22. The project will include work on the I-75/Sashabaw interchange. Delays will occur throughout the project and dates for future ramp and intersection closures will be announced.

The $4.1 million project is spread over two years and is funded by RCOC, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Independence Township and the Oakland County Tri-Party Program. During the current phase of the project, the contractor will work on improvements to the Sashabaw and Waldon Road intersection.

A second left-turn lane will be added to three legs of the intersection: northbound Sashabaw, eastbound Waldon, and westbound Waldon. The eastbound, new dual turn lanes will provide additional capacity for traffic turning onto the on-ramp to southbound I-75.

The project will also include:

  • Concrete paving
  • Hot-mix asphalt paving
  • Drainage improvements
  • Guardrail installation
  • Traffic-signal upgrades
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant intersection crosswalks and ramps
  • New signage
  • Construction of a new off-ramp from northbound I-75 to southbound Sashabaw Road
  • A second lane added to the on-ramp to southbound I-75 from northbound Sashabaw Road

The contractor for the project is Iafrate Construction. The project is expected to conclude at the end of October.

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