MACOMB COUNTY (WWJ) – “I don’t even know an alternate … it was dangerous sufficient once they closed down I-seventy five and also you’ve obtained to detour — that was dangerous sufficient – that is actually going to be horrible,” stated drivers alongside the undertaking’s path.
A brand new main street development venture alongside I-696 will begin subsequent spring. The Michigan Division of Transportation plans to shut all westbound lanes of I-696 between I-ninety four and I-seventy five so the concrete may be changed — the undertaking is predicted to final till the top of 2018.
A public assembly on the venture is deliberate for Tuesday, Oct. 24 at Warren Metropolis Corridor. There are one hundred fifty,000 automobiles and vans that journey that stretch of freeway every day. MDOT says the $ninety million venture have to be accomplished whereas funding is obtainable and earlier than the close by I-seventy five modernization challenge begins.
On the October assembly the general public could have the chance to satisfy the development workforce and study present particulars, together with schedule and detours in accordance with MDOT.
The I-696 freeway carries roughly one hundred fifty,000 automobiles a day by way of Macomb County and is in poor situation. A undertaking is at present being designed to exchange the concrete on I-696 between I-seventy five and I-ninety four starting in spring 2018 and will probably be accomplished late 2018. The bridges over I-696 are in good to truthful situation as a result of funding on rehabilitation and upkeep-sort work through the years, and can obtain further upkeep work.
This expedited $ninety million challenge have to be accomplished whereas funding is on the market and earlier than the close by I-seventy five modernization venture begins. If delayed, it might be till 2024 earlier than the work could possibly be carried out, provided that funding can be obtainable.
Eastbound I-696 will stay open from I-seventy five to I-ninety four whereas the westbound lanes shall be closed from I-ninety four to I-seventy five for all the undertaking. The closing of 1 path of the freeway will present a safer work zone for development crews and for drivers.
To offer a freeway-to-freeway detour, the advised detour for westbound I-ninety four is northbound I-seventy five to westbound I-696. Eastbound I-ninety four visitors will even be detoured by way of northbound I-seventy five to westbound I-696.
The open assembly will happen at Warren Metropolis Corridor on Oct. 24, four p.m. – 7 p.m.