Did you know… This project utilizes 35 local construction companies and up to 500 employees are working on it, from laborers, operators and truckers to MDOT inspection and administrative staff.
MACOMB COUNTY, MI – This coming week we will see the first indication that a major stage change in the rebuild of I-696 is approaching in Macomb County.
Crews will begin preparations to construct the median crossovers needed to place EB I-696 traffic on the newly constructed WB side of the freeway. Additional details will be provided as they become available as they don’t expect this stage change to be executed until early August. More to come on when this stage change occurs, as they are still a few weeks out, but a very good sign nonetheless.
In the meantime, crews continue to place base course, concrete pavement, valley gutter and freeway shoulders in preparation for the stage change.
Oakland County Progress
All planned concrete pavement repairs on WB I-696 from Dequindre Road to the I-275/M-5 Interchange have now been successfully completed as of this past weekend. This means there will be no more full freeway closure weekends on WB I-696, though, if you are traveling along WB I-696 in the overnight hours you may still see crews finishing up the remaining balance of pavement joint repair work.
Efforts have now been redirected to EB I-696 from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to Dequindre Road. If weather allows, the first full freeway closure on EB I-696 will be this coming weekend, July 20th-23rd. Crews will likely be working in this segment until Labor Day before circling back to the final segment of work in Oakland County on EB I-696 from the I-275/M-5 Interchange to Telegraph Road.