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I-696 Restore the Reuther update: Drake Road closing under I-696 for three days in Oakland County

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. ­- The I-696 Restore the Reuther project in Oakland County continues with needed bridge work closing Drake Road between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads beginning 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, through 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, with traffic detoured. Local traffic will be allowed up to the I-696 bridge.

Drake Road detours:

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

This $275 million I-696 Restore the Reuther investment includes rebuilding the roadway from the base up, including storm sewer replacement and rebuilding the ramps at Orchard Lake Road, American Drive, Franklin Road, and US-24 (Telegraph Road).

This year, westbound I-696 is being rebuilt from east of US-24 (Telegraph Road) to I-275 and both directions of traffic are currently sharing the eastbound side. Eastbound lanes were rebuilt in 2023. 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 3,328 jobs.

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