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US-23 'Flex Route' overflow lanes set to open this week

Nov 13, 2017

The dreaded commute on US-23 between Ann Arbor and Brighton is about to get a little easier.

 Overflow lanes, known as Flex Routes, will open for traffic Wednesday. They run along the left shoulder in both directions of U-S 23, between M-14 and M-36. Governor Snyder attended a press conference today to discuss the completion of the roughly $90 million project. "This has been a major bottleneck in our state for some time, in terms of the congestion," he said. The Flex Routes will be open for traffic daily from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. They will also be used as auxiliary lanes during off hours in the event of accidents or heavier-than-normal traffic.

 Snyder said it would have cost as much as $400 million to widen the stretch of road for 24-hour traffic. "This is an innovative solution that costs a fraction of the cost of adding new lanes," he said.

You can watch a video from MDOT about navigating the Flex Routes below: