New interchange coming to Howell, Mich.

After 12 years of hard work from a very dedicated mix of government officials and private partners, and due in part to extensive cooperation from RG Properties, the Michigan Department of Transportation is moving forward with a long-anticipated project to build a new interchange at Interstate 96 and Latson Road near Howell, Mich.

The new interchange will open up 19.5 acres for development adjacent to the interstate at Livingston Commons, an RG Properties development. Livingston Commons currently 369,737 square feet, including a Wal-Mart and Lowe’s.

For more information on Livingston Commons, click here.

The project will cost approximately $32 million. $10.5 million of which was contributed locally. The remaining $21.5 million will be covered by state and local funding. described the project in an article Thursday.

See below for an excerpt:

The interchange project involves:

• Constructing a new bridge extending Latson Road over Interstate 96,

• Building new ramps to connect Interstate 96 and Latson Road,

• Reconstructing and relocating Grand Oaks Drive and Beck Road,

• Reconstructing and widening Latson/Nixon Road,

• Resurfacing and widening the Grand River Avenue /Latson Road intersection,

• Removing the existing rest area along westbound Interstate 96, just past Lake Chemung and

• An enhancement project to add a nonmotorized path along the west side of Latson/Nixon Road from Grand River Avenue to Beck Road.

Construction this fall will involve relocating Beck Road, clearing and removing trees, relocating utilities and closing the westbound Interstate 96 rest area in anticipation of building demolition over the winter.

The majority of construction on the new interchange is expected to begin in the spring of 2013. Final project completion will take place November 2013.

The interchange project is the culmination of many years of collaboration between MDOT, the Livingston County Road Commission, Genoa Township, Livingston County Board of Commissioners, U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) and other local partners to secure funding for the project, according to an MDOT statement.


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