State Rep. Diana Farrington has received numerous inquiries concerning construction planned for 2018 on Interstate 696 in Macomb County.
Eastbound I-696 will remain open from I-75 to I-94 while the westbound lanes will be closed from I-94 to I-75. The closing of one direction of the freeway will provide a safer work zone for construction crews and drivers.
The I-696 freeway carries approximately 150,000 vehicles a day through Macomb County and is in poor condition. A project is currently being designed to replace the concrete on I-696 between I-75 and I-94 beginning in spring 2018 with completion in late 2018.
The $90 million project must be completed while funding is available and before the nearby I-75 modernization begins. If delayed, it may be until 2024 before the work could be performed.
“We’re now spending a record amount of funding for roads, and when completed, the I-696 project will improve safety and mobility,” said Farrington, of Utica. “I would advise seeking alternate routes and I expect to see an increase in traffic on Hall Road and Metro Parkway once construction begins.”
The Michigan Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Oct. 24 from 4-7 p.m. at Warren City Hall, 1 City Square, off Van Dyke Avenue, north of 12 Mile Road. The construction team will be on hand to address any concerns.