DETROIT, MI – Get ready metro Detroit because the much needed $90 million dollar I-696 reconstruction project gets underway on April 27th, 2018.
Crews will begin implementing westbound I-696 closures at 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, starting with closing the eastbound and westbound I-94 ramps to westbound I-696
The closure of all access points/ramps is expected to be completed by 5 a.m. Saturday, April 28.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $90 million to “Restore the Reuther” in Macomb and Oakland counties, which carries approximately 150,000 vehicles a day. (The winning bid was lower than the original estimate of $110 million.)
In Macomb County, $78 million will be invested to remove and replace all the concrete on both eastbound and westbound I-696 from I-94 to I-75. Only westbound I-696 will be closed (from I-94 to I-75), with traffic detoured throughout the entire project. Eastbound I-696 traffic will always have access, although traffic will be shifted throughout the project. The closing of one direction of the freeway will provide a safer work zone for construction crews and drivers.
In Oakland County, $12 million will be invested to perform major maintenance, with pavement and joint repairs and drainage improvements.
To provide a freeway-to-freeway detour, the suggested detour for the westbound I-696 closure in Macomb County is westbound I-94 to northbound I-75 to westbound I-696.
The work in Oakland County will be performed during overnights and weekends, including 10 weekend closures. The freeway will remain open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For additional project details, go to www.MovingMacomb.org, which will also provide updates on lane restrictions and access to businesses affected by construction.
The project is expected to end in November 2018.