- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says work on widening Interstate 75 in the county will begin this summer.

Patterson said Wednesday night that the plan will start with a roughly three-mile stretch in the Square Lake Road area. He said that adding a lane on each side of the highway from Eight Mile Road to M-59 “will have a significant impact on commerce and driver convenience.”

The Michigan Department of Transportation said the long-term project would be completed in phases. Department spokesman Rob Morosi said a start date for the first phase wasn’t available because officials are using a method that lets contractors build as project design continues.

Morosi tells The Detroit News (http://detne.ws/1TTXXtR ) that work on the project’s first phase is expected to last through fall 2017.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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