The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has resumed work on a series of bridge reconstruction projects in the along I-96 east of Milford Road, just west of Kent Lake Road.
The project, which resumed two weeks ago and is part of a $15.5 million effort to improve the east-west highway’s bridges, will impact the I-96 bridge over Milford Road.
“It’s taking 1.5 years to complete in order to maintain as many lanes on I-96 as possible,” said MDOT Spokesperson Rob Morosi.
Over 100,000 vehicles each day travel the I-96 corridor in west Oakland County. By carrying out the project in phases, motorists will not be required to seek an alternative route.
“With that volume of traffic, there is not another viable route — otherwise there would be too much congestion and that would be a nightmare,” Morosi added.
Half of the I-96 bridge over Milford Road was demolished last weekend. A traffic shift at both Milford and Kent Lake roads is now in place. One lane in each direction will be open to traffic during the project.
By October or November, MDOT expects that I-96 over the Huron River Trail; I-96 over Milford Road; and I-96 over Kent Lake Road will be rehabilitated.