project updates

current updates


Local bridge updates as of July 18, 2014:

-- Middlebelt Rd bridge, July 19

-- Newburgh WB u-turn, opens Oct.
-- Levan Rd, 1 lane open each direction. Opens mid Aug
-- Yale St, Opens this month
-- Farmington Rd, 1 lane each direction open, opens late Aug...
-- Merriman Rd WB EB u turns, opens late Aug.
-- Cardwell St, opens mid Sept
-- Breakfast Dr, opens early Sept
-- Beech Daly Rd, 1 lane open each direction. Opens mid Sept
-- Fenton Rd, opens late Aug

NOTE: many bridges are now complete and open but it takes 28 days for concrete to cure and then we will apply epoxy coating which requires lane and possibly full closures for up to 24 hours.

Full updates for local bridges located here.


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."

New as of 7/11/14:

-- Racetrack Dr bridge opening July 12
-- Stark Rd bridge opening July 15
-- Merriman Rd bridge opening July 15

-- Farmington Rd bridge, July 16, 1 lane open each direction; opens late Aug.
-- Merriman Rd. eastbound u-turn bridge, July 16, full closure; opens late Aug. 
-- Middlebelt Rd bridge, July 16, 1 lane open each direction; opens early Sept. 
-- Cardwell St bridge, July 12, full closure; opens mid-Sept.
-- Beech Daly Rd bridge, July 11, one lane open each direction; opens Sept.

-- Levan Rd bridge, 1 lane open each direction; opens mid-Aug.
-- Fenton bridge, mid-July, full closure; opens late Aug.
-- Newburgh WB u-turn bridge; opens Oct.
-- Yale St Bridge; opens July
-- Merriman Rd Westbound U-turn CLOSED to traffic but OPEN to pedestrians; opens late Aug.
-- Melvin St Bridge; opens mid-July 
-- Breakfast Dr Bridge; opens early Sept.



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

past updates


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


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


January Public Meeting Announced


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 

Archived Updates


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


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.


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.