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(WLNS) - For many Memorial Day weekend is a nice three-day break and a time for travel, but for Michigan’s Department of Transportation, they say this weekend is their benchmark for summer construction.
6 News Nick Perreault highlights one project that will have you tapping the brakes for quite some time.
From semi's to asphalt trucks and pavers these big rigs are slowing commuters down along 127 between Parnell and Henry Road, north of Jackson.
"This is a major long term fix to the freeway, we are completely reconstructing approximately four to five miles of highway up there,” said Kari Arend, MDOT Spokesperson.
Construction crews are resurfacing the pavement from the dirt up, repairing ramps along Parnell Road in both directions and replacing and repairing these storm water drains.
"This freeway will last us a good 30-40 years of regular maintenance when we are done.”
MDOT says the winter weather did give them a bit of a late start and say it likely won't be until Novemberuntil you see this sign back up and these taken off the road.
That includes this weekend, so keep that speedometer set at 60 mph, 45 when workers are present.
"Especially that northbound 127 you are still going to be very close to an active construction zone so we do strongly encourage motorists to slow down.”
Workers will get the holiday weekend off, but that doesn't mean you can ignore those bright orange signs.
"Just be mindful out there, whether there are workers or not, there are still lane restrictions, lane closures.”
Work will continue Tuesday. Arend says another project to keep an eye on is in Mason, where there will be single lane closures near Cedar Street and Holt Road.
But all other lanes will be open along 127 through the holiday weekend.