The Michigan Department of Transportation is preparing for the Interstate 696 reconstruction project, which will run between Interstate 75 and Interstate 94 from April to November 2018. The $90 million project 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 Michigan Department of Transportation is preparing for the Interstate 696 reconstruction project, which will run between Interstate 75 and Interstate 94 from April to November 2018. The $90 million project 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.

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MDOT releases more details on I-696 reconstruction

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 27, 2017

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MACOMB COUNTY — Warren City Hall, 1 City Square, housed the Michigan Department of Transportation’s public open house Oct. 24 to discuss information on the Interstate 696 reconstruction project, which will run between Interstate 75 and Interstate 94 from April to November 2018. 

For the entire project, eastbound I-696 will be open from I-75 to I-94, while westbound traffic will be closed from I-94 to I-75. 

The $90 million project — paid for by 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. 

Engineer Courtney DeFauw explained the different stages of the reconstruction. While MDOT doesn’t know the exact breakdown of how long the stages will take, it is expected to last the entire construction season.  

Stage one will replace westbound pavement and ramps. Once completed, eastbound traffic will shift onto the new pavement. During stage two, the eastbound pavement will be redone. 

“In the first stage, they’re going to maintain eastbound — everything will be like normal. Then, we’ll switch into the second stage, where we’ll take that eastbound traffic and shift it over onto the westbound side,” said DeFauw. 

DeFauw said traffic lanes will be reduced during the next stage. 

“We will reduce it to three lanes, and then we will maintain an exit ramp to Mound as well as an exit ramp to Groesbeck, so those will be the eastbound traffic two spots to exit. They won’t be able to get back on, but at least we’ll offer relief off so people can get to the businesses and residences there, ” she said. 

MDOT doesn’t have final information on the bridge maintenance, according to DeFauw.

“We’re not really sure yet. Some of this is preliminary. A lot of this is based on what the roadwork needs are right now, and as soon as we find out if there’s bridge work, if it can be incorporated, then hopefully we can make it all work,” said DeFauw. 

During the project, DeFauw said, the service drives are going to “see a lot of increase.” 

“It’s typical that the closest route to the freeway picks up a lot of traffic, but people are going to start diverting and they’re going to find that route that works for them,” she said.

DeFauw added that MDOT is providing a detour specifically for trucks.  

“In order to keep a detour that can handle trucks and keep a freeway-to-freeway detour, the detour for westbound does keep them on 94 all the way toward downtown Detroit, and then onto north 75 to westbound (I-696),” she said. 

“That is the main detour for people who may not know where they’re going, but a lot of the people will use local roads,” she added. 

DeFauw mentioned alternative local routes that drivers might take during the project.  

“Eight Mile is a good parallel route, and we’re going to try and limit as much as we can any additional work on Eight Mile to kind of keep it open as much as we can, and we’re going to coordinate with the locals as best as we can to keep a lot of those cross streets and parallel routes clear as much as possible,” said DeFauw. 

Diane Cross, of MDOT, said it is still undecided if construction workers will repave the freeway with concrete or asphalt. 

“That’s one of the things that’s not finalized yet,” she said. 

Engineer Alan Ostrowski said the project is “not a full reconstruction.” 

“This would be called a rehabilitation. We’re completely replacing the riding surface. The pavement is lifted off, we put in a new base beneath it, and we put new pavement back on top of it,” said Ostrowski. 

Ostrowski said the subsurface is “by and large in good shape.” The subsurface includes drainage and subbase material. 

“For this section, there was stone base and then there was sand subbase beneath it. The sand, we are not touching; we don’t need to. The drainage is in good shape. We don’t need to touch that, but from that aggregate base up, we are replacing,” he said. 

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

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