Drivers through Novi and Wixom can expect delays for the next seven weeks.
The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) closed lanes Friday on Grand River Ave. between Novi and Wixom roads in Novi and Wixom so a contractor can replace bad concrete slabs in the road.
The work will take about a month and a half to complete, finishing in mid-July. During the work, the road will remain open, but the lane closures will remain in place.
Even though there will be periods when no workers are present, the lanes will still remain closed. Initially, they are closed so workers can mark the slabs that need to be removed. Then crews will remove the bad slabs and pour new concrete.
Once the new concrete is poured it will need to cure, which means it cannot be driven on. During the curing phase, no workers will be present, and the road may appear complete, but it cannot be opened to traffic until the concrete is finished curing and gains the necessary strength to support the traffic.
Motorists are advised to expect delays during the work, particularly during rush hours.