I-696 construction begins this week; full westbound closure this weekend

Part of $75 million investment to replace 88 lanes


OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Tuesday night marks the start of more construction on I-696.

Starting at 9 p.m. Tuesday two lanes of westbound I-696 will be closed between Orchard Lake Road and I-275. Then at 11 p.m. a third lane will be closed, leaving only one lane open until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Check: Traffic Map

These lane closures only will be for three consecutive nights and all lanes will reopen at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Weekend closure:

Starting Friday night, construction will shut down westbound I-696, leaving all ramps between Lahser Road and the I-275/I-96/M-5 interchange closed between 9 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday. 

Suggested detour:

A detour is offered from westbound I-696 to northbound M-10, then southbound US-24 near Telegraph Road to westbound M-5 and westbound I-96.

The construction is part of a $75 million investment to replace 88 lane miles of pavement on I-275. The project also includes concrete repairs on I-696 as well as 16 bridge repairs, drainage improvements, and intelligent transportation systems work. 

Southbound I-275 will remain closed from the I-96/I-696/M-5 interchange to Five Mile Road until July. 

Story: Southbound I-275 closure in effect; detour information here

Two eastbound lanes are expected to close later this summer.