I-96/M-39 interchange project update: M-39 ramps closing Friday; I-96 ramps closing Oct. 25
I-96 (Jeffries Freeway)
M-39 (Southfield Freeway)
M-39 RAMPS START DATE:
Friday, Oct. 18, 2019
I-96 RAMPS START DATE:
Friday, Oct. 25, 2019
PROJECT END DATE:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be performing urgent bridge repairs at the I-96/M-39 interchange in Detroit on two heavily traveled freeway ramps that have had to be closed previously for emergency patching. This project is expected to ensure the ramps can remain open during the winter months.
The ramps are expected to be closed for approximately three weeks but could take longer depending on the weather. Wet or cold weather could affect curing time for concrete and extend the closure.
The westbound I-96 ramps to northbound and southbound M-39 will be closed for approximately three weeks along with the northbound and southbound M-39 ramps to eastbound I-96. There may be occasional lane closures on I-96 in the local and express lanes along with the M-39 service drive that runs under the bridges under repair.
Starting Oct. 18, northbound and southbound M-39 traffic headed for eastbound I-96 will be detoured to eastbound M-5 (Grand River Avenue) to eastbound I-96.
Starting Oct. 25, westbound I-96 traffic heading for northbound M-39 will be detoured further west to northbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) to eastbound M-102 (8 Mile Road) to northbound M-39.
Westbound I-96 traffic headed for southbound M-39 will be detoured further west to southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) to eastbound M-153 (Ford Road) to southbound M-39.
While these ramp closures will cause major inconvenience to drivers, these repairs are necessary to ensure the safety and longevity of the bridge structures.