Driving along Grand Blanc Road headed toward Dort Highway the other day, very long pipes appeared on the southbound side of the road from the bridge over I-75 to the Porter Road area in Grand Blanc Township.

Thinking this could be part of the eventual widening of Grand Blanc Road... didn't think anything more about it. Until today.

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Grand Blanc Road looking East. Gas pipelines on the right. Credit Nate Reed
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Why is Grand Blanc Road down to one lane near Porter?

Genesee County Road Commission sent an alert detailing a four-week project involving a Consumers Energy gas line. While traffic will still be allowed in either direction, it's only one lane at a time.

Right around Heatherwood Apartments down to Porter Road is where you can expect flaggers allowing "slow" traffic for east and westbound drivers. There's even a flagger stationed at Bicentennial Park.

Considering school isn't out yet and the long weekend is coming up, that's going to be a headache for the next few weeks.

Credit Nate Reed
Grand Blanc Road bridge over I-75 looking East. Credit Nate Reed

Nearby Genesee County Road Construction project update:

A couple of residential & business projects have been slowing down drivers for several weeks, but the end result will be a much-needed upgrade.

  • We first reported Center Road construction in Grand Blanc a couple of months ago. According to an anonymous resident in a Grand Blanc neighborhood Facebook chat group, residents have been notified the final layer of asphalt is being placed. So, that should wrap up soon.
  • Back in January we reported Bristol Road in Burton is being resurfaced (finally). Traffic just shifted this week to the freshly paved side from Saginaw Street to I-475. That project will be ongoing over the next couple of years.
  • The other major slow down impacting Genesee County drivers is located in Genesee Township. The bridge over Mott Lake/Flint River is being replaced.

What's the saying? Patience is a virtue. Avoid the areas entirely if you can -- that's easier than testing your patience.

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