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I-96 Flex Route Project - Oakland County

A flex route showing the lane and signs when opened to traffic.
Department of Transportation

I-96 Flex Route Project - Oakland County

The I-96 Flex Route from Kent Lake Road to the I-275/I-696/M-5 interchange will consist of intermittent shoulder use and ramp metering at eight ramps within the project limits. The system will post variable speed advisories and traveler information using electronic message boards. The median shoulders will be rebuilt to be used as an additional lane during peak travel periods, special events, maintenance activities, and incidents/crashes.

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Project Design Completion

Project Details

  • Install an active traffic management system (Flex Lane) on I-96 from Kent Lake Road to the I-275/I-696/M-5 interchange, including: 
  • Gantries, lane control signs, message boards, cameras, and detection to allow part-time peak-period median shoulder use, provide queue warning and variable speed advisories, and facilitate incident management.
  • Ramp metering at eight entrance ramps to help reduce congestion and improve travel time reliability and safety by breaking up entering traffic groups.
  • Seven crash investigation sites along outside shoulders to provide clearance of incidents. 
  • Rebuild all eastbound and westbound lanes and shoulders from Kent Lake Road to approximately 3,200 feet east into the I-275 interchange, and widen the existing 9-foot outside paved shoulders to 10 feet. 
  • Rebuild ramps, except at the Kent Lake, Wixom, Beck road interchanges. 
  • Pavement repairs for the existing Wixom and Beck road ramps. 
  • Improve the Beck Road carpool lot. 
  • Improve 11 bridges and one box culvert, and build 11 replacement or new box culverts. 
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