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Eastbound I-696 Traffic Shift, Ramp Closures Happening Tonight

August 23, 2018 - 6:28 am

WARREN (WWJ) - The big switch on eastbound I-696 in Macomb County is happening tonight.

Beginning 8 p.m. Thursday, crews will begin to reduce eastbound I-696 from four lanes to one from Woodward Avenue to I-94 to finish prep work for shifting eastbound traffic to the westbound lanes. All eastbound entrance and exit ramps in Macomb County will be closed, including the northbound and southbound I-75 ramps to eastbound I-696. 
During the overnight hours, crews will finish lane markings, sign work and ramp closures, and will then shift the one lane of eastbound traffic across the median and onto the westbound side, which will then have three lanes. 
By 5 a.m. Friday, eastbound I-696 in Macomb County will have the three left lanes shifted onto the new concrete with the fourth lane leading to the Dequindre Road exit only. All I-696 entrance ramps in Macomb County will be closed through the end of the project. The only available exit ramps will be to Dequindre Road, Mound Road, Groesbeck Highway (M-97) and I-94. 
Reminder: Westbound I-696, including all entrance and exit ramps, will remain closed in Macomb County. The first ramp for westbound traffic is Couzens Avenue.

A stretch of eastbound I-696 in Oakland County will also be closed this weekend as part of MDOT's "Restore the Reuther" project. 

Beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, crews will begin closing the entrance ramps to eastbound I-696 from Telegraph Road (US-24) to I-75 until 5 a.m. Monday. The official detour is southbound M-10 to eastbound Davison Freeway, then northbound I-75 to eastbound I-696.