ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Last week the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced traffic shifts and ramp closures associated with the rebuild of I-69 in Mussey and Riley townships.

Over the past weekend, contractors planned to shift eastbound traffic to newly-built lanes on the eastbound roadbed and reopen the eastbound ramps at Riley Center Road.

On Monday, westbound ramps at M-19 and the westbound entrance ramp at Riley Center Road were due to close. The closures are expected to last through October.

The week of July 19, westbound I-69 traffic will be shifted to the newly built eastbound I-69 roadway and the westbound I-69 exit ramp at Riley Center Road will be closed and detoured via Capac Road and eastbound I-69.

MDOT says this work is weather dependent.

The nearly six mile-long project will rebuild I-69 from Miller Road to M-19, and M-19 from I-69 to Burt Road.

Funding for this project is made possible by the Rebuilding Michigan bond program.

The work to rebuild the road aims to provide a new, smoother driving surface for drivers that will last longer than a resurfacing project would provide.