MDOT making additional repairs on Metro Detroit freeways

Contact: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications
Agency: Transportation

Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne

Later this week (weather-dependent)

Road crews are continuing to fill potholes with typical cold patch material and are working extended hours to ensure loose concrete is removed and patching material is well compacted. Depending on the weather, crews will alternate between patching and snow removal. 

In addition to the current patching, additional efforts are planned to improve the road surface, focusing on a few specific areas, including I-696. All road work is weather dependent as dry conditions are needed for the materials to be placed.


Eastbound I-696 from I-275 to I-94
Crews will make additional repairs in this area, especially along the joints separating the lanes, including removal of the current crumbling material. These repairs will be done with hot mix asphalt, which will compact and last longer. A supplier is willing to open early specifically to provide MDOT with the material normally unavailable this time of year. 


Westbound I-696 from I-94 to I-75
Crews will treat this area with a liquid asphalt solution, including a stone mixture or recycled asphalt, until the reconstruction project to replace all the concrete in Macomb County takes place. This repair method is usually done in warmer weather and, consequently, the liquid materials are scarce this time of year. MDOT is acquiring available material from maintenance garages and suppliers around the state.


Northbound and southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) between Long Lake and Orchard Lake roads
Crews will use an innovative, cold weather fast-set material. Research from other cold-weather states show promising results. While more expensive, the patching has shown to be more durable and last longer.


Various routes in Wayne County
Crews will perform additional repairs using various methods depending on conditions.


These repairs will continue into the construction season for areas not immediately affected by construction projects.