I-696 Restore the Reuther traffic shift to northbound M-10 begins Jan. 27 through May
The I-696 Restore the Reuther project is shifting traffic onto northbound M-10 (Northwestern Highway) today for bridge work just east of US-24 (Telegraph Road). This requires traffic to be detoured to northbound M-10 (Northwestern Highway) and then back to westbound I-696 through early May, along with the closures of several ramps.
Beginning 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, the following lane and ramp closures will be in effect:
- Westbound I-696 will be reduced to two lanes from Lahser Road to M-10,
- Northbound M-10 will have the left lane closed from Lahser Road to westbound I-696,
- The Evergreen Road ramp to westbound I-696 will be closed,
- The Lahser Road ramp to northbound M-10 will be closed, and
- The northbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) ramp to northbound M-10 will be closed.
- Westbound I-696 will be shifted onto northbound M-10 and then back to westbound I-696
Once the work is completed, westbound I-696 will remain in the two-lane configuration with traffic detoured to northbound M-10 and back to westbound I-696 just west of US-24 (Telegraph Road) until early May.
Drivers should also be aware of crews filling potholes 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, Jan. 28, on eastbound I-696 from I-275 to Greenfield Road and on westbound I-696 from Franklin Road to I-275. Traffic may be reduced to one lane where crews are working, so expect delays.
A reminder that I-696 has three lanes open in each direction between I-275 and US-24 until spring when construction will begin again and traffic will be reduced to two lanes.
This $275 million project includes rebuilding the roadway from the base up, including storm sewer replacement work and rebuilding ramps at Orchard Lake Road, American Drive, Franklin Road, and US-24 (Telegraph Road).
This year, westbound I-696 will be rebuilt from east of US-24 (Telegraph Road) to I-275. Eastbound lanes were rebuilt in 2023. Project details can be found at DrivingOakland.com.
Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improve the condition of the state's infrastructure.
Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 3,328 jobs.