Starting today things are going to get a bit ugly along I-475 as The Michigan Department of Transportation prepares to start a major project which will cost around $44 million.

According to ABC12, next year, the entire three-mile stretch of I-475 between Carpenter and Clio roads will be completely rebuilt. The stretch from Carpenter to Saginaw roads will shrink to two lanes. The entire 18-mile freeway will see pavement repairs in 2019.

Today you'll notice lane and ramp closure as the preparation begins. It's going to be a bit of a hassle for many commuters but I think we can all agree, the repairs are much needed. It is absolutely brutal along I-475.

If you're driving along I-475 today you can expect ramp closures from southbound I-475 to eastbound and westbound I-69 and northbound I-475 to westbound I-69. Tomorrow ramps at westbound I-69 to northbound and southbound I-75 will be closed.

Next week you'll see intermittent shoulder single-lane and double-lane closures between Carpenter and Clio roads during most of the week.