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The Michigan Department of Transportation is warning motorists to be aware this week as crews work to fill potholes on area freeways. 

"Road crews are continuing to fill potholes with typical cold patch material and are working extended hours to ensure loose concrete is removed and patching material is well compacted," Diane Cross, MDOT spokeswoman, said in a statement. "Depending on the weather, crews will alternate between patching and snow removal."

Other efforts are underway to improve the road surface on Interstate 696 and other areas. 

Last week, two drivers reported falling concrete striking their cars in two spots along the freeway, hours apart. The first on the westbound side near Interstate 75 in Oakland County and the second in the eastbound lanes near the Schoenherr overpass in Macomb County, Michigan State Police said at the time. 

No one was injured by the falling concrete, police said. 

Cross says there are plans to treat this area with a liquid asphalt solution, including a stone mixture or recycled asphalt, until the reconstruction project to replace all the concrete along this part of I-696 is complete. 

This type of repair is typically done during warmer weather and supplies are scarce, so the agency is having to rely on maintenance garages and supplier from around the state to acquire the necessary materials. 

This repair method is usually done in warmer weather and, consequently, the liquid materials are scarce this time of year. MDOT is acquiring available material from maintenance garages and suppliers around the state.

Other areas that will see freeway repairs: 

  • Eastbound I-696 from I-275 to I-94: Crews will make additional repairs in this area, especially along the joints separating the lanes, including removal of the current crumbling material. These repairs will be done with hot mix asphalt, which will compact and last longer, MDOT says. 
  • Northbound and southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) between Long Lake and Orchard Lake roads: Crews will use an innovative, cold weather fast-set material to patch the potholes along this route. MDOT says the materials are more expensive but have been shown to be more durable and long-lasting. 
  • Various routes in Wayne County: Crews will perform additional repairs using various methods depending on conditions.

All repairs are dependent on the weather, Cross said. Up to two inches of snow was expected Monday, with another 1-3 inches predicted for Wednesday. Snow is also likely for Friday, according to the National Weather Service. 

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