WB I-696 in Macomb County is open
Westbound Interstate 696 has reopened Saturday, the Michigan Department of Transportation says.
As of 5 pm, Sat. 1/5/19, all westbound lanes opened from I-94 to I-75. All exits and all entrances are now open, with the exception of northbound Mound Rd to WB 696, which will reopen in approximately a week, MDOT said in a press release.
Eastbound 696 is also open, with the exception of Hoover to eastbound 696, which will reopen in approximately a week, the release added.
"Favorable weather conditions have allowed us to complete the work required to safely reopen WB I-696 from I-94 to I-75 earlier than expected," MDOT officials said.
Throughout Saturday morning, crews closed two lanes on eastbound and westbound Interstate 94 near I-696 to complete changes to reopen the ramps from I-94 to westbound I-696.
The construction work happened later in the season because the projects were delayed in September when the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association instituted a work stoppage after multiple failed attempts to bargain a new contract with the Operating Engineers Local 324. A prior, five-year deal expired in June.
The construction rift prompted the shutdown or partial halt of 89 Michigan Department of Transportation projects and 75 local projects.