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I-696 ‘Restore the Reuther’ project: Bridge work closing Drake Road under I-696 for a month

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. ­- The I-696 Restore the Reuther Rebuilding Michigan project will begin bridge improvements on the I-696 bridges over Drake Road in the City of Farmington Hills.

Beginning 7 a.m. Monday, April 3, Drake Road will be closed under I-696 for bridge repair work until the end of April. Northbound Drake Road traffic will be detoured at 11 Mile Road and southbound Drake Road traffic will be detoured at 12 Mile Road. Drake Road will remain open to local traffic only between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads up to the I-696 bridges.


  • Northbound Drake Road will use westbound 11 Mile Road to northbound Halstead Road to eastbound 12 Mile Road then to Drake Road.
  • Southbound Drake Road will use westbound 12 Mile Road to southbound Halstead Road to eastbound 11 Mile Road then to Drake Road.

Project information:

This $275 million project includes rebuilding the roadway from the base up, including storm sewer replacement work, and rebuilding ramps at Orchard Lake Road, American Drive, Franklin Road, and US-24 (Telegraph Road).

During 2023 construction season eastbound I-696 is being rebuilt from I-275 to east of US-24 (Telegraph Road). Westbound lanes will be rebuilt in 2024. Project details can be found at

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 improve the condition of the state's infrastructure. Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 3,500 jobs. 

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