Cars pass through the construction zone Sept. 6 on the westbound I-696 service drive, east of Southfield Road, in Lathrup Village.

Cars pass through the construction zone Sept. 6 on the westbound I-696 service drive, east of Southfield Road, in Lathrup Village.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Officials detail I-696 service drive construction

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published September 10, 2019

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LATHRUP VILLAGE — Labor Day may have marked the unofficial end of summer, but construction season is still in full swing.

A construction project on the exit ramp from westbound Interstate 696 to Southfield Road, the I-696 service drive on 11 Mile Road and northbound Southfield Road began Sept. 3.

The areas are slated for concrete curb repairs, officials said.

According to Justin Wellman, an engineer at Giffels Webster, the consulting firm for the project, lane closures will occur on the westbound service drive, between Southfield Road and the westbound I-696 offramp, to allow for the concrete pavement and curb repairs.

“Two lanes of the service drive will remain open at all times to allow traffic onto Southfield Road,” Wellman said in a news release.

Wellman also said one lane of the westbound I-696 offramp will be closed beginning Sept. 22, lasting through the duration of the project.

One lane of northbound Southfield Road will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

The project is expected to wrap up Oct. 12, officials said.

Lathrup Village City Administrator Sheryl Mitchell said the project will cost $565,483, but the city was able to secure funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation in the amount of $311,974.

The project will also be partially funded by the Road Commission for Oakland County’s Tri-Party Program, which is chipping in $48,542, Mitchell said.

That leaves the balance for the city at just under $205,000, which will come out of the city’s street fund, Mitchell said.

Mitchell also said at a recent City Council meeting that officials plan on reaching out to business owners along the corridor regarding the project.

“We will be reaching out to the businesses along the service drive to make certain they are aware (of the project) and how the traffic will be handled,” Mitchell said.

Wellman said in the release that the new road surface will not only improve safety, but it will offer a better driving surface for motorists.

“The city understands the impact this type of work has on motorists and will work with the contractors to complete the construction as quickly and as safely as possible to get the job done,” he said in the release.

Wellman said that another project on the road, this time including asphalt resurfacing work, will begin in May 2020.

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