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Rebuilding Michigan I-696 project from I-275 to Evergreen Road begins prep work in Oakland County

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - A $275 million Rebuilding Michigan project will begin soon on eastbound and westbound I-696 between I-275 and Evergreen Road. The majority of the rebuilding work will occur during 2023-2024 and will include rebuilding the roadway from the base up, including storm sewer replacement work and rebuilding ramps at Orchard Lake Road, American Drive, Franklin Road, M-10 (Northwestern Highway), and US-24 (Telegraph Road).

Beginning in mid-October, crews will begin doing prep work to widen the shoulders of westbound I-696 from Evergreen Road to I-275 along with pavement repair and temporary median crossovers. In 2023, eastbound I-696 will be rebuilt from I-275 to Evergreen Road with two lanes of traffic in each direction on the current westbound side. In 2024, westbound I-696 will be rebuilt from Evergreen Road to I-275 with traffic sharing the current eastbound side.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state's infrastructure.

Based on economic modeling, this $275 million investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 3,500 jobs. Project information can be found at DrivingOakland.com.