MDOT hosts public meeting for I-696 project in Macomb County

Contact: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications
248-483-5127
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:
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. 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.

WHO:
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) staff
Project consultants
Residents and interested stakeholders                       

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

WHERE:
Warren City Hall
1 City Square
Warren 

Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call 517-373-2227 by Friday, Oct. 20.

BACKGROUND:
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.

TRAFFIC IMPACT:
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.