UPDATE (5:44pm): MDOT says both lanes of I-69 south near Charlotte are open again – more than 2 hours ahead of schedule.
UPDATE (5:36pm): One of the southbound lanes is now open.
ORIGINAL STORY (5:27pm): The Michigan Department of Transportation has closed a section of southbound Interstate 69 in Eaton County after high temperatures made part of road buckle.
Temperatures reached 84 degrees by 5 p.m., making it the hottest day of the year in mid-Michigan so far.
An MDOT spokesperson says high temperatures caused a small section of the road to buckle near Kalamo Highway, prompting crews to shut down the road so they can make an “urgent pavement repair.”
Southbound traffic is being routed off at M-50 and taking Cochran Street to the next southbound exit, according to MDOT spokesperson Kari Arend.
She says road should only be closed for a couple of hours and that crews hope to re-open the road by 8 p.m.