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I-696 project begins with westbound I-696 lane closures from Evergreen Road to I-275 in Oakland County

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - Work crews will begin lane closures this weekend to widen the shoulders of westbound I-696 along with pavement repair and temporary median crossovers. This is preparation work for the $275 million Rebuilding Michigan project on eastbound and westbound I-696 between I-275 and Evergreen Road that will begin in spring 2023 and be completed by 2025.

6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15:

  • Westbound I-696 will have one lane open from Evergreen Road to US-24 (Telegraph Road).
  • Westbound I-696 will have two lanes open from US-24 (Telegraph Road) to I-275.
  • On/off ramps will close intermittently.

6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 - late December 2022:

  • Westbound I-696 will have two lanes open from Evergreen Road to I-275.
  • All on/off ramps are expected to remain open.

In 2023, eastbound I-696 will be rebuilt from I-275 to Evergreen Road with both directions of traffic 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. In 2025, there will be restoration of the median and crossover locations. 

The project 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).

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.