An open house-style meeting will be hosted by the Michigan Department of Transportation at the Recreation Authority of Eastpointe and Roseville, 18185 Sycamore St., 4-7 p.m. Feb. 22 to discuss early information on an Interstate 696 project between Interstate 75 and Interstate 94 April-November.

An open house-style meeting will be hosted by the Michigan Department of Transportation at the Recreation Authority of Eastpointe and Roseville, 18185 Sycamore St., 4-7 p.m. Feb. 22 to discuss early information on an Interstate 696 project between Interstate 75 and Interstate 94 April-November.

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MDOT to host open house for Interstate 696 construction

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 6, 2018

 The I-696 construction will include removing and replacing all concrete in both directions, and on entrance and exit ramps; bridge maintenance; concrete median barrier wall repairs; and shoulder repairs.

The I-696 construction will include removing and replacing all concrete in both directions, and on entrance and exit ramps; bridge maintenance; concrete median barrier wall repairs; and shoulder repairs.

Photo provided by the Michigan Department of Transportation

ROSEVILLE/EASTPOINTE — The Michigan Department of Transportation will host an open house-style meeting at the Recreation Authority of Eastpointe and Roseville, 18185 Sycamore St., 4-7 p.m. Feb. 22 to discuss early information on an Interstate 696 project between Interstate 75 and Interstate 94 April-November.

The $90 million project — paid for with federal funds — will include removing and replacing all concrete in both directions, and on entrance and exit ramps; bridge maintenance; concrete median barrier wall repairs; and shoulder repairs. 

MDOT expects the completed work to last 20-25 years, with maintenance. 

MDOT communications representative Diane Cross stated in an email to the Eastsider Feb. 1 that MDOT is asking for the “public’s patience.”

“As drivers are aware, we are closing westbound 696 in Macomb to rebuild both directions, and while the closure and detour will be rough for the tens of thousands of people affected, the freeway is in rough shape and absolutely needs to be replaced in Macomb, and major repairs are needed in Oakland. MDOT asks for the public’s patience as we spend this construction season working to get it done and reopened as soon as possible,” stated Cross.  

Cross also stated that the construction bid has not been awarded and “probably will not before mid-March.”

During a Nov. 28 meeting, the Roseville City Council unanimously denied MDOT’s request to waive nighttime work restrictions during the upcoming construction. Instead, the council unanimously approved a motion to approve the waiver with restrictions that MDOT work only between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. throughout Roseville. 

Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Linda Weishaupt hopes people will attend the open house. 

“We encourage employers, employees, residents to come by and look at the official detour and talk to MDOT representatives there if they have any concerns or questions,” said Weishaupt. 

MDOT plans to update roadwork information on social media and its Moving Macomb website. On Facebook, like the “MvgMacomb” page. Follow @MovingMacomb on Twitter and visit the website at www.MovingMacomb.org.