Summertime is road construction time in Michigan and even this year is no different.

More orange barrels will be taking up residence on Dort Highway in Flint starting Monday. The Michigan Department of Transportation will be starting a project on a two and a half-mile stretch of Dort Highway. The construction zone will be between Coldwater Road and Mt. Morris Road.

The good news is that this stretch of Dort Highway will be completely rebuilt. The bad news is, as always, we can expect closures and slowdowns all summer. Crews will be working on joint repairs, shoulder reconstruction, curbs, and signals in this $4.9 million project. The biggest change you will see in all of this will be the number of lanes. This project will reduce that stretch of Dort Highway from four lanes down to two lanes. One lane in each direction and a center turn lane. The reduced number of lanes is designed to reduce the number of rear-end and sideswipe collisions in that area.

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Drivers can expect to see one lane open in each direction during the project. The scheduled completion date of the project is expected to be some time in October of this year.

Sometimes I feel like it is not officially summer in Michigan until you get stuck in a construction zone on a hot day with no air conditioning. It seems to happen to me every year somehow. Even though it is a pain in the butt, we can all agree that the roads are glorious when finally finished.

Source: Michigan Department of Transportation