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I-96 WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED to traffic on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. However, we still have work to do. We still must finish a variety of tasks that will require some lane closures and other work (utilities, landscaping, service drives etc.) throughout the project corridor through early 2015. Stay tuned for the latest updates on our Facebook and Twitter sites, and here. 

Thanks for your patience. Be safe driving through work zones. Follow the posted signs, be alert to workers.

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: The entrance ramp from Newburgh Road to westbound I-96 will be closed on Tues. Jane 27 and Wed., Jan. 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. This work is necessary for fence repairs and is weather dependent.


LANE CLOSURE ON @96fix Wednesday, Oct. 29 to Thursday, Oct. 30: The left lane in both directions of I-96 between Newburgh and Schoolcraft will be closed Wed 7 pm to Thursday 5 a.m. The same lane will close again Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The closure is needed to complete the concrete surface coating. This work will take place outside of rush hour traffic. 


MULTIPLE TRAFFIC IMPACTS ON @96fix Friday through Monday, including multiple on and off ramps:
-- East I-96 between Middle belt and Inkster Road will have two right lanes closed, 10pm Friday to 7pm Saturday, then the right lane closed until 5am Monday. Also ramps to and from Beech-Daly and Inkster will be closed, and the ramp from Middle Belt to east 96 will be closed.
-- West I-96 between Beech-Daly and Inkster will have two lanes closed from 10pm Friday to 7pm Saturday, then one lane closed until 5am Monday. Also ramps will be closed to and from Beech-Daly and Inkster.
-- West I-96 at Newburgh will have right lane closed from 10pm Friday to 5am Monday.


#96fix is open but we still have work to do: We warned people that we would be finishing a variety of tasks that would require some lane closures and other work (utilities, landscaping, service drives etc.) throughout the project corridor through early 2015. Please be patient as we complete this overall project. 
Here are the latest TRAFFIC ADVISORIES: 
-- Eastbound I-96 from Middle Belt to Beech-Daly will have the two right lanes closed from 10 pm Friday to 7 pm Saturday. After that it will change to one right lane closure until 5 am Monday.
-- The exit ramp to Inkster and entrance ramps from Inkster and Middle Belt will be closed during the same time frames above.
-- Westbound I-96 from Beech-Daly to Inkster will have the two right lanes closed from 10 pm Friday to 7 pm Saturday After that it will change to one right lane closure until 5 am Monday. 
-- The exit ramp to Inkster and entrance ramps from Inkster and Beech Daly will be closed during the same time frames above.
-- Previously announced, The eastbound I-96 exit ramp to Newburgh Road is closed to 5 pm Tuesday (October 21). 
-- Eastbound Schoolcraft Road will have the left three lanes closed at Newburgh. The fourth lane on Schoolcraft (currently it's a dedicated right turn lane) will be allowed to turn onto Newburgh or continue on eastbound Schoolcraft. The westbound Schoolcraft to eastbound Schoolcraft movement will be closed (just west of Newburgh), while eastbound Schoolcraft to westbound Schoolcraft movement (just west of Newburgh) will remain open. These impacts are through 5 pm Tuesday (October 21). 
NOTE: The above closures are necessary to perform watermain repairs, which couldn't be done during the freeway closure, and for concrete sealing and miscellaneous punch list item repairs.

Be safe driving through work zones. Follow the posted signs, be alert to workers. 


TRAFFIC ALERTS FOR @96fix between 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 to 5 a.m., Monday, Oct. 13: The left two lanes on I-96 in both directions, between Brookfield and Telegraph, will be closed starting Friday night after rush hour. This will last through Saturday evening, when the restriction will then go down to one lane, which will last through Monday 5 a.m. at the latest. Tentatively, this process will also be in place for the right two lanes on Oct. 17-19. These closures are part of the expected work to complete the new I-96 roadway. The work consists of sand blasting the median barrier walls and also applying the concrete surface sealing, as well as "check list" items on some bridges. Note the work is taking place outside of peak travel times.

Please be alert to road workers and signage.

The work is weather dependent.


ATTENTION COMMUTERS: With the opening of I-96 scheduled for Sept. 30, our work crews are actively removing some of the more than 500 detour/construction signs posted throughout Metro Detroit. As a result, there may be discrepancies between signage and actual road conditions. The removal is a time-consuming process. The critical detour signs will remain in place until the freeway is reopened but please use caution, and if you see workers out there, slow down.


A map of the 37 local bridges that will be worked on as part of the 96fix. 


The full closure of the freeway began at 7 a.m. April 5, 2014. Ramps and interchanges were closed first, after 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4, followed by the rest of the freeway. Preliminary work, including detour sign placement and temporary widening of the US-24 entrance ramps at I-96 began. The Schoolcraft Road service drive was reduced to one lane closed in each direction throughout the project, beginning Thursday, April 3. The freeway is expected to reopen in October. Details here


The full closure of the freeway -- previously scheduled for March 24 -- was delayed due to extended winter weather.  


MDOT announces contractor for I-96 Reconstruction Project. Will generate 500 jobs Details here

Archived Updates


Family Fun Day Breakdown: What you need to know about our #96fix Commemorative Pre-Opening Event

When: Sun., Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m.

What: Join us to walk, bike, run a 4-lane section of westbound I-96 between Stark and Newburgh. An automated  vehicle will also be on display. Google Map of area

Where: The event itself will be staged on I-96 at the westbound I-96 exit ramp to Newburgh. Parking is at Madonna University (southwest corner of parking lot), 36600 Schoolcraft Road (at Levan Road), Livonia. After parking, law enforcement will assist people crossing Schoolcraft.  Walkers and Bikers and others can go directly to the westbound I-96 exit ramp to Newburgh.  


Question: When should I arrive?

Answer: The ribbon-cutting will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the opening to allow people to run, walk or bike the specific corridor. But if you aren’t interested in that, you can join anytime between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Question: What do people do after parking at the Madonna University lot?

Answer: They will see a police officer providing assistance for people crossing Schoolcraft.  They can then walk/bike down to the freeway from there for the event itself.

Question: What about people walking or biking directly to the event?

Answer:  If they want to walk/ride to the event, enter the freeway at the WB I-96 exit ramp to Newburgh.

Question: How will the automated high-tech vehicle be used at the event?

Answer: After the official ribbon cutting at 2 p.m., the autonomous vehicle (with a human inside) will lead the way for the public participating. People will be able to get a first-hand look at the vehicle and photo ops will be available, but the vehicle manufactures do not want people to sit or go inside the vehicles. 

Question: Will the public have access to the entire new corridor?

Answer: No. The segment opened for this event will be all four lanes and the shoulders of westbound I-96 from Stark Road to Newburgh Road. The other areas will be blocked off to the public because this is still an active work zone.

Question: Are pets allowed?

Answer: Yes, but must be on a leash or restrained and be sure to “pick up” after them. 

Question: Can I skateboard?

Answer: Yes, as well as crawl, jump, cartwheel, break dance…

Question: Can we take pictures and videos?

Answer: Yes, and be sure to share them with @96fix at and

Question: Will there be an information table?

Answer: Yes, we'll have an information table with various handout papers (project summary, innovations, etc.). 




36 of 37 BRIDGES OPEN: The only bridge currently closed as of Sept. 19 is the Newburgh westbound U-turn bridge, which will open when the freeway reopens, currently scheduled for Sept. 30, but could be sooner. NOTE that there there will be intermittent short-term lane closures (lasting a couple of hours) on various bridges for the next few weeks.


On Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m., community invited to commemorate
upcoming completion of the 96fix project

WHAT:  The public is invited to join the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in marking the near completion of the I-96 project in Redford Township and Livonia, otherwise known as the 96fix. Be one of the first to walk, bike, or run on the new freeway. Automated "driverless" cars will be featured traveling along the roadway as well. The route is on westbound I-96 from Stark Road to Newburgh Road. MDOT says the freeway is close to completion and should reopen to traffic very soon.

WHO: General public 

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 (2 - 4 p.m.)

WHERE: Parking at Madonna University (southwest corner of parking lot), 36600 Schoolcraft Road (at Levan Road), Livonia.  Pedestrians can then walk down the westbound I-96 exit ramp to Newburgh to access the freeway.

DETAILS:  The 7-mile-long 96fix project between Newburgh and Telegraph roads in Redford Township and Livonia included rebuilding56 lane miles, repairing 37 overpasses, reconstructing 28 ramps, new freeway lighting, and other utility upgrades. Preliminary utility work on this $148 million investment began in late January, with construction getting under way in April. I-96 is expected to reopen to traffic very soon, ahead of its planned October reopening.

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Local bridge updates as of Sept. 2, 2014:
Latest information on scheduled local bridge construction. If the bridge isn't listed below, it is open to traffic but it's not scheduled yet or work has been completed. For the full bridge list click here. For bridge names and corresponding bridge numbers, see the post below with the link "map of the 37 local bridges."


  • Newburgh Rd WB u-turn, opens October
  • Levan Rd, 1 lane open each direction, opens mid-September
  • Yale St, opens mid-September
  • Farmington Rd EB U-turn, opens mid-September
  • Berwick St, opens September
  • Middlebelt Rd EB U-turn, opens mid-September
  • Cardwell St, opens mid-September
  • Beech Daly Rd, 1 lane open each direction, opens mid-September
  • Fenton Rd, opens mid-September
Full updates for local bridges located here.


Including the 96fix, there are several other large commercial construction projects at the Middlebelt/96 interchange and utility work north of I-96 (between Inkster and Middlebelt) that are not related to our project. Also, work is occurring on the DWSD water tower on Middlebelt (1 mile south of I-96). Possibly as a result of all of this construction in and around some Livonia neighborhoods, some residents are indicating that rodents are more active than usual. So, here is a helpful fact sheet on "rodent control" brought to you by the 96fix team. Also, as some of these rodents apparently dwell in sewers, we wanted to point out that the I-96 freeway sewer system is an isolated and self-containing system that only has connections to the freeway and a pump station. Sewer lines on local roads (such as Schoolcraft, Middlebelt, residential streets) do not have access to the I-96 sewer system.


I-96 in the project limits will be closed starting March 24, 2014 (weather permitting) through October 2014.


I-96 remained open through January, after the Detroit Auto Show Details here


January Public Meeting Announced


MDOT anticipates the contractor's low bid will be revealed on December 11, 2013. Once the contract has been awarded, the construction timelines and schedules will be established. MDOT will provide the public with advance notification of major traffic impacts. Additional information will be provided at the next public meeting which is scheduled to occur in early January.


Check out the videos of the I-96 Reconstruction Project including details of the detour routes.

  • What your new I96 will look like 
  • Detour routes and Traffic impacts 


SAVE THE DATE: The I-96 Reconstruction Project will host its 3rd public meeting Sept. 18, 5-7 p.m. at Livonia City Hall Auditorium, 33000 Civic Center Dr., Livonia. See attached for details


MDOT engaged the contracting industry at a March 8 meeting to discuss their ideas about the I-96 Reconstruction project. Check out the meeting minutes, question and answers and more.


Notice To All Road, Bridge and Associated Work Contractors: MDOT needs your perspective on the I-96 Reconstruction project. Join MDOT at a meeting to discuss this project Friday, March 8, 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., MDOT Detroit Operations and Service Center in Detroit. Details here.


Results are in from the 188 people that took our aesthetic survey. View the examples presented and the results of the voting. Please note, while MDOT's first preference will be to take into account the survey results, MDOT may have to adjust the landscape items in some areas to fit the site conditions, such as steep slopes and soil types.


A public meeting was scheduled for Nov. 13, 2012 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Lee M. Thurston High School, 26255 Schoolcraft Road, Redford Township. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public input on corridor aesthetics (landscaping, colors and more) and review potential construction staging and detour alternatives.


37 bridges are part of our project. Get details on the fixes for each.


MDOT opts for full closure of I-96 freeway in 2014.
Read the Press Release  | View the Survey Results  |  Read some Frequently Asked Questions


Survey is now closed. Thank you everyone for contributing.


MDOT extends online survey for future I-96 reconstruction in Wayne CountyRead entire press release.


On Thursday March 1, 2012 we will host a public meeting at Livonia City Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the project. The Livonia City Hall is on the South East corner of Farmington Road and 5 Mile Road. The address is 33000 Civic Center Drive, Livonia, MI 48154. Information presented will include potential construction impacts on traffic and graphic representations of the corridor. We encourage the public to provide us input!


The I-96 Reconstruction Project is the reconstruction of the road and rehabilitation of bridges in a seven-mile corridor, including on and offramps, from Newburgh Road to Telegraph Road, to current design standards and to improve safety.

While the freeway is open, we still must finish a variety of tasks that will require some lane closures and other work (utilities, landscaping, service drives etc.) throughout the project corridor through early 2015.

Stay tuned for the latest updates here and on our Facebook and Twitter sites. Thanks for your patience. Be safe driving through work zones. Follow the posted signs, be alert to workers.

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