Be careful what you wish for, as a major rebuild planned by M-DOT is set for I-696. If you think getting home from work is a challenge now, get Tylenol ready for this headache.
This job will not be a simple patch job either. M-DOT got some Washington big bucks to spend, and spend they will. Oakland County over the last few years has been doing regular repairs. No more band-aids anymore, as this will be a complete rip-out rebuild. MDOT will close westbound I-696 beginning Friday, Oct. 21, between Telegraph Road and I-275. The closure will last through 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 24. That’s just for starters, as construction will finish by 2024.
The project will mostly affect drivers heading through Farmington Hills and Southfield rebuilding nine miles of the highway. So pack your patience, because the orange barrels are coming out in full force before you know it. MDOT is asking all road users to remain alert and focused as they travel through work zones. Road construction is dangerous work year-round. Stay off your phone and stay safe.