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US-23/I-96 ramp closures for culvert crossing begin Friday in Livingston County

LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close the eastbound I-96 ramp to northbound US-23 and the northbound US-23 ramps at Lee Road for culvert construction on Friday.

This work is part of MDOT's ongoing $162 million investment to extend the US-23 Flex Route from north of 8 Mile Road to I-96. The project consists of less than 7.5 miles of hot-mix asphalt rebuilding and improvements, shoulder widening, interchange reconfigurations, bridge replacement, and improvements at nine structures. The US-23 Flex Route Phase 2 extension focuses on traffic safety, operations, infrastructure condition, and the directional peak period congestion along the US-23 corridor.   

MDOT built the first Flex Route on US-23 between M-14 and 8 Mile Road in 2016 and 2017. That work involved installing an active traffic management (ATM) lane with other safety improvements, as well as operational improvements and addressing condition needs. 

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.


Northbound US-23 ramp
Eastbound I-96 ramp

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Start date:
9 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 4, 2023

Completion date:
6 a.m.
Monday, Aug. 7, 2023

Overall project completion date:
January 2026

Traffic restrictions:
Eastbound I-96 ramp traffic heading for northbound US-23 will exit at Kensington Road, and loop back around on westbound I-96 to northbound US-23.

Lee Road traffic heading for northbound US-23 will be detoured via southbound US-23, Fieldcrest Road, and Silver Lake Road to northbound US-23.

Northbound US-23 traffic heading for Lee Road will be detoured via Silver Lake Road, then Fieldcrest Drive or Whitmore Lake Road to Lee Road.

Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.

Jobs numbers:
Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 1,960 jobs.

Safety benefit:
These improvements will provide increased safety and mobility in this area of US-23, which is a significant state, national, and international trade corridor.

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