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Carpool lanes are planned for I-75 in Oakland County

Carpool lanes are planned for I-75 in Oakland County

(WXYZ) — It’s only the beginning of March, but construction season is in full swing in Metro Detroit, making it difficult for drivers to get around.

On top of the modernization I-75 project, carpool lanes are also being planned – something new for I-75 in Oakland County and new to the state of Michigan.

Lanes are planned for both northbound and southbound I-75 between 12 Mile and South Blvd. They are expected to be activated when the I-75 modernization project completes this fall.

The lane is also known as an HOV lane, which stands for high occupancy vehicle lane.

One lane of traffic is planned to be dedicated to carpooling between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays; at all other times, the fourth lane will be a general-use lane, meaning that everyone can use it.

Michael Langsdale, who lives in the area, said, “I think it’s great, with the price of gas, that people are starting to pay attention and start saving money.”

Eric Bogarts, who uses I-75, said, “I really think it’s a great idea, especially if it improves everyone’s ability to travel.”

Some of the positive aspects of carpooling include less traffic, less congestion, and fewer accidents. It is also eco-friendly, which means less carbon emissions.

One cons, however, is that if you get stuck in an HOV lane without a passenger, be prepared to pay.

It’s not yet clear how much it will cost in Michigan, but in Georgia, it’s a $75 fine for a first offense and $150 for each subsequent offense.

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The people of Troy say they doubt people will follow the rules.

Lawmakers in Lansing still need to approve HOV lane access in Michigan. The chairman of the House Transportation Committee said they are currently drafting bills, calling it a top priority.

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