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Westbound I-696 Closed From Telegraph To I-275 This Weekend

July 13, 2018 - 7:37 am

SOUTHFIELD (WWJ) - Another stretch of westbound I-696 will be closed in Oakland County this weekend.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is closing westbound I-696 from Telegraph Road (US-24) to I-275, along with all entrance ramps, from 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday. 

Crews will begin closing ramps and lanes around 8 p.m. Friday, starting at Coolidge Road, to reduce traffic heading toward Telegraph Road. 

This is the first weekend closure of this stretch of I-696 in Oakland County as part of the "Restore the Reuther" project, from one end of the freeway to the other. This area of freeway has already had weeknight lane closures for saw cutting in anticipation of the weekend closure for removing and replacing some concrete sections and other repairs. 
The official detour is southbound Telegraph Road to westbound 8 Mile Road (M-102) to Grand River Avenue (M-5). 
Reminder: Westbound I-696 remains closed in Macomb County from I-94 to Dequindre Road through the fall. Eastbound I-696 remains open in Oakland and Macomb counties.

For more on what's going on with 696, check out the project map here, or go to for project details, construction schedules, lane closure information and more. 

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