MDOT to host public meeting for I-696 project in Macomb County

WARREN, MI – An open house-style public meeting to share early information on an I-696 project between I-75 and I-94 scheduled to begin in spring 2018 will be held in Warren on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

There will be exhibits displaying project location, types of work, and detours. Interested parties will have the opportunity to meet the construction team and learn current details, including schedule and detours.

The I-696 freeway carries approximately 150,000 vehicles a day through Macomb County and is in poor condition. A project is currently being designed to replace the concrete on I-696 between I-75 and I-94 beginning in spring 2018 and will be completed late 2018. The bridges over I-696 are in good to fair condition due to investment on rehabilitation and maintenance-type work over the years, and will receive additional maintenance work.

This expedited $90 million project must be completed while funding is available and before the nearby I-75 modernization project begins. If delayed, it may be until 2024 before the work could be performed, only if funding would be available.

Eastbound I-696 will remain open from I-75 to I-94 while the westbound lanes will be closed from I-94 to I-75 for the entire project. The closing of one direction of the freeway will provide a safer work zone for construction crews and for drivers.

To provide a freeway-to-freeway detour, the suggested detour for westbound I-94 is northbound I-75 to westbound I-696. Eastbound I-94 traffic will also be detoured via northbound I-75 to westbound I-696.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
4-7 p.m.

Warren City Hall
1 City Square