MDOT to host public meeting for future I-96 Flex Route project in Oakland County

Contact: Diane Cross, MDOT Office of Communications, CrossD2@Michigan.gov 313-375-2454
Agency: Transportation

WHAT:
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will host an open house-style public meeting to share future plans to convert a segment of I-96 between Kent Lake Road and I-275 into a "flex route" using the median shoulders part-time during periods of heavy congestion, typically during morning and evening commutes, for more capacity. Ramp metering will also be implemented at select locations to control ramp traffic entering the freeway for smoother merging. Project designers and managers will be on hand to answer questions about this project.

WHO:
MDOT staff
Local city and township officials
Road Commission of Oakland County (RCOC) officials
Project consultants
Residents, local businesses and interested stakeholders                                

WHEN:
Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019
4 - 7 p.m.

WHERE:
Novi Police Department - Training Room
45125 Ten Mile Road
Novi, MI 48375

Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English-speaking ability. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request. Please call 517-335-4381.

BACKGROUND:
MDOT has studied this heavily traveled route, which experiences high traffic volumes and numerous crashes, and determined the need to improve I-96 to accommodate the larger volume going eastbound in the morning and westbound during the afternoon. A variety of options were considered before deciding on this I-96 Flex Route project, which will use the existing shoulders for additional capacity. The shoulder usage will be similar to the US-23 Flex Route north of Ann Arbor, with this project introducing ramp metering at a few locations to control traffic flow.

This future project is expected to reduce the number of crashes and improve travel time reliability between US-23 and I-275. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021. The project has an e-mail address for any public questions: MDOT-I96FlexRoute@Michigan.gov.