I-96 reconstruction project: Bridge closure schedule posted

By Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Online News Editor, @DaveBartko, dbartkowiak@wdiv.com
Published On: Apr 18 2014 12:59:38 PM EDT
Updated On: Apr 18 2014 01:22:00 PM EDT
LIVONIA, Mich. -

The ongoing Interstate 96 reconstruction project in Livonia and Redford Township includes closures to many bridges and overpasses.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has released a bridge closures schedule in an effort to make it easier on drivers.

View/download: MDOT's schedule for I-96 project bridge closures

Of the 37 bridges within the reconstruction project's boundaries (Newburgh Road on the west and Telegraph Road on the east), 14 already are fully closed.

The project, which started the first weekend of April, has all lanes of eastbound and westbound I-96 closed between Newburgh and Telegraph roads until October.

Related: Bus information to get around I-96 shutdown

Most major road bridges, such as Newburgh Road, are partially closed right now.

The eastbound and westbound I-96 service drives (Schoolcraft Road) will have only the right lane open between Telegraph and Newburgh roads until October.

If you're wondering what some of the new construction will look like, take a look at MDOT's design, landscaping and aesthetics release.

In addition, the following ramps will be closed until October:

  • Outer Drive to westbound I-96
  • Greenfield Road to westbound I-96
  • Evergreen Road to westbound I-96
  • Northbound and southbound M-39 (Southfield Freeway) ramps to westbound I-96

I-96 in Livonia, Redford Township 1st built in '70s

Interstate 96 between Telegraph and Newburgh roads was opened in the 1970s.

Since that time there have been fixes and maintenance but now the Michigan Department of Transportation says it requires a total rebuild.

"There’s just no more rehabilitation, no more band-aides you can put on this freeway. We need to dig down and build it from the bottom up," said MDOT's Rob Morosi.

It's estimated cost is $170 million.

Some looking forward to I-96 closure:

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