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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.

MDOT began the $90 million project in October 2017 with plans to overhaul a roughly 10-mile stretch of I-696 in Macomb County by the end of 2018. 

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.

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