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I-96 Flex Route traffic shift and lane closure from Kent Lake Road to I-275 in Oakland County
March 14, 2023
LYON TWP, Mich. – Work on the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) I-96 Flex Route project begins again with lane closures and major ramp closures on I-96 between Kent Lake Road and I-275.
Beginning 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, westbound I-96 will have one lane open from Beck Road to Kent Lake Road for pavement markings to be placed before the weekend traffic shift. Ramps will be closed intermittently. This work is weather dependent.
Beginning 6 a.m., Saturday, March 18, eastbound I-96 from Kent Lake Road to Wixom Road will be reduced to two lanes through late summer.
Beginning 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, March 18, eastbound I-96 will have one lane open from Wixom Road to I-275 for pavement markings and traffic shift preparation. Once that is completed, eastbound traffic will be shifted across the freeway with both directions of traffic sharing the current westbound side and two lanes open in each direction through late fall.
The eastbound traffic shift requires the closing of multiple ramps which will heavily affect local traffic wanting to enter I-96 through late summer:
- Wixom Road ramp to eastbound I-96 will be closed
- Beck Road ramp to eastbound I-96 will be closed
- Eastbound I-96 ramp to Beck Road will be closed
- Northbound and southbound Novi Road ramps to eastbound I-96 will be closed
- Westbound M-5 to westbound I-96 remains closed through late fall
The detour for the on ramps is to go southbound to Grand River Avenue, then eastbound on Grand River Avenue to northbound Novi Road, to eastbound 12 Mile Road, then southbound on M-5 to I-96/696.
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 $269 million investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 3,416 jobs.
There may be additional changes to this stretch of the project. For up-to-date information on the I-96 Flex Route, go to DrivingOakland.org.