A major Michigan freeway is in need of repair–but the Michigan Department of Transportation needs input first.
Motorists, business owners and residents have until 11 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, to weigh in on the future reconstruction of I-96 in Wayne County. The online survey appears on the I-96 project Web site at www.96fix.com.
The survey was originally set to close Thursday, March 8, but with over 1,000 responses so far, MDOT announced an extension.
Originally opened in 1971, the I-96 freeway between Newburgh and Telegraph roads is being planned to be rebuilt. Before design begins, MDOT is seeking public input regarding how traffic should be maintained during construction. Options include closing the freeway in both directions, closing the freeway one direction at a time, or maintaining traffic in each direction while work is taking place. Details on how each configuration would affect the length of time to complete the project are on the project website.
The proposed I-96 reconstruction project includes rebuilding seven miles of pavement; upgrading utilities, such as new drainage and lighting; safety upgrades and installing new signs.
Construction for this $150 million project could begin in late 2013.