MDOT to host final public meeting for I-696 project in Warren

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

WHAT:
The final open house-style public meeting to share current information on the I-696 project between I-275 and I-94 through Oakland and Macomb counties. There will be exhibits displaying project locations, types of work, and multiple detour routes. 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:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
4:30-7 p.m.

WHERE:
Warren City Hall
1 City Square
Warren 

BACKGROUND:
The I-696 freeway carries approximately 150,000 vehicles a day through Macomb and Oakland counties. The section in Macomb County is in very poor condition and the concrete will be replaced. The section in Oakland County has areas that need pavement repair and major maintenance.

This expedited $110 million project along the entire corridor is being performed with available funding this year before the nearby I-75 modernization project begins near I-696. If delayed, it may be until 2024 that this I-696 work could be performed, and only if funding would be available.

TRAFFIC IMPACT:
In Macomb County, 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 drivers.

To provide a freeway-to-freeway detour, the suggested detour for the westbound I-696 closure is westbound I-94 to northbound I-75 to westbound I-696. Eastbound I-94 traffic will also be detoured via northbound I-75 to westbound I-696.

In Oakland County, the freeway will remain open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. with work being performed during overnights and weekends, including 10 weekends with freeway closures.