Roseville — About a half-mile of freshly laid concrete on Interstate 696 has been dug up after the material failed to meet quality standards, officials said Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation project manager blamed the tear-up last week on the contractor's equipment.

“The pavement has steel bars going into all the joints and the paver pushes these steel bars in the pavement as it moves forward, and the alignment and placement of those bars was in question,” said Alan Ostrowski. “This happens from time to time and this section was the very first pavement that we placed.” 

The project is part of a six-month resurfacing project in Oakland County. 

Ostrowski said contractors from Interstate Highway Construction realized the issue immediately. The issue affected at least two lanes. The amount of pavement removed was about a day's worth of work, he said.  

The project remains on track to wrap up in November. 

“We realized pretty soon as it was going in there were some concerns,” Ostrowski said. “We identified and followed up with further inspection and testing to confirm that it had to come out.”

Ostrowski e would not give an estimate about  how much the removal would have cost the state but said it would have been a few hundred thousand dollars, which was absorbed by the contractor. 

“Overall, the project is going well and the contractor is just as committed to making sure this is done right,” Ostrowski said. “The pavement out here is 40 years old. We hope the new road lasts just as long.” 

Diane Cross, MDOT spokeswoman, said crews will be closing I-696 westbound lanes between Dequindre and Telegraph in Oakland County for the fourth consecutive weekend. Ramps will close at 9 p.m. Friday and reopen 5 a.m. Monday. 

If all goes well, it will be the last closure of the section of road, she said. The following weekend, crews will move on to the east-bound side in Oakland County. 

The project is in conjunction with the $90 million reconstruction project in Macomb County. MDOT officials shut down a 10-mile stretch of I-696 between I-94 and I-75 for the overhaul in April.

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