I-96 opens early between US-24 and I-275

Contact: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications, CrossD2@michigan.gov
Agency: Transportation

September 21, 2014 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced the reopening of I-96 between US-24 (Telegraph Road) and Newburgh Road in Livonia more than two weeks early. The announcement was made today as Gov. Rick Snyder, state officials and members of the community gathered together on the freeway for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and walk.



I-96 was closed in early April to allow crews to reconstruct the 7-mile stretch between US-24 (Telegraph Road) and Newburgh Road near I-275. Known as "The 96fix," work includedrebuilding 56 lane miles of freeway, repairing 37 bridges, reconstructing 26 ramps, and new lighting and utilities. The project area runs through the Redford Township and Livonia communities.

"Reconstructing I-96 addressed our state's infrastructure needs that were critical to our future and our continued comeback," Gov. Rick Snyder said. "Congratulations to MDOT and the construction team who collaborated and used new innovations to complete this project ahead of schedule and on-budget. I also want to extend thanks to area residents for their patience during the construction."



Local residents and businesses voted to close the freeway in order to get work done more quickly and at a lower cost, versus the option of only partially closing the freeway, which would have lasted two to three years and would have been more expensive.

Details on the 96fix can be found at the project website: www.96fix.com. 

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