Work on the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) I-96 Flex Route project begins again with lane closures and major ramp closures on I-96 between Kent Lake Road and I-275.
Beginning 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, westbound I-96 will have one lane open from Beck Road to Kent Lake Road for pavement markings to be placed before the weekend traffic shift. Ramps will be closed intermittently. This work is weather dependent.
Beginning 6 a.m., Saturday, March 18, eastbound I-96 from Kent Lake Road to Wixom Road will be reduced to two lanes through late summer.
Beginning 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, March 18, eastbound I-96 will have one lane open from Wixom Road to I-275 for pavement markings and traffic shift preparation. Once that is completed, eastbound traffic will be shifted across the freeway with both directions of traffic sharing the current westbound side and two lanes open in each direction through late fall.
The eastbound traffic shift requires the closing of multiple ramps which will heavily affect local traffic wanting to enter I-96 through late summer:
• Wixom Road ramp to eastbound I-96 will be closed
• Beck Road ramp to eastbound I-96 will be closed
• Eastbound I-96 ramp to Beck Road will be closed
• Northbound and southbound Novi Road ramps to eastbound I-96 will be closed
• Westbound M-5 to westbound I-96 remains closed through late fall
The detour for the on ramps is south to Grand River Avenue, then east on Grand River Avenue to northbound Novi Road, then north on Novi Road to 12 Mile Road, then east on 12 Mile Road to M-5, then south on M-5 to I-96/696.
Once the traffic shift is completed Saturday evening, both eastbound and westbound I-96 from Kent Lake Road to I-275 will have two lanes open and sharing the westbound side of the roadway.
There may be additional changes to this stretch of the project. For up-to-date information on the I-96 Flex Route, go to DrivingOakland.org