Road construction to slow traffic on I-96, I-696
Getting around Metro Detroit on its freeways is going to be challenging this weekend, to say the least.
A couple of road construction projects over the weekend mean motorists should be prepared for delays and detours.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has closed the eastbound express lanes of Interstate 96 between Telegraph Road and Davison Avenue in Detroit to resurface the roadway.
It closed the lanes Thursday night and will reopen them at 5 a.m. Monday to enable work crews to mill and resurface the lanes with asphalt and make concrete pavement and joint repairs.
Officials said the work is part of a $9 million project to upgrade about five miles of I-96's local and express lanes.
"MDOT understands the impact this type of major work has on motorists and works as quickly and as safely as possible to get the job done," the agency said in a statement. "This maintenance work will improve safety and provide a smoother driving surface."
Elsewhere, MDOT is closing the eastbound lanes Interstate 696 between Telegraph Road and Interstate 75 this weekend.
Crews have started the process of shifting I-696's eastbound traffic and closing ramps in the area, which is where it's $90 million "Restore the Reuther" freeway overhaul project is underway. This year's work on the freeway began in April and is expected to wrap up in November.
Previously, eastbound traffic traveled on the freeway's eastbound lanes between Interstate 94 in Macomb County and Interstate 75 in Oakland County. But to enable crews to rebuild I-696's eastbound lanes, eastbound traffic is being shifted onto the freeway's newly-rebuilt westbound lanes.
Once the traffic shift is completed, I-696's exit ramps to Dequindre Road, Mound Road and Groesbeck Highway will be the only exits available to motorists. In addition, all entrance ramps to eastbound I-696 will be closed through the end of the project.
Motorists can use southbound M-10 to the eastbound Davison Freeway to northbound I-75 to eastbound I-696 as a detour.