FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be closing a section of westbound I-696 this weekend.
The work is part of the preparation work for the rebuilding project to take place in 2023-2024. You can learn more about the project by clicking here.
Crews will close westbound I-696 from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to I-275 to perform pavement repairs and shoulder widening throughout the weekend.
The work is part of the preparation for the $275 million Rebuilding Michigan project on eastbound and westbound I-696 between I-275 and Evergreen Road. Crews will begin rebuilding the eastbound lanes next spring and then the westbound lanes in 2024.
Westbound I-696 will be closed from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to I-275, including all on and off ramps. Traffic will be detoured to southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road), then westbound M-102 (8 Mile Road) to westbound M-5 and back to westbound I-696/I-96.
The closure begins Friday (Nov. 11) at 8 p.m. and ends Monday (Nov. 14) at 5 a.m.
I-96 Flex Route
Crews on the I-96 Flex Route project have completed the work for this year.
Both directions now have all three lanes open with all on/off ramps reopened. Work will resume in March 2023.
MDOT said the work will provide a safer and smoother driving surface on I-696. The work will bring new pavement with drainage improvements, and improvements to bridges.
The I-96 Flex Route project will address directional congestion in this area by providing additional, temporary driving lanes on the upgraded shoulders during peak travel periods.