I-696 Work Will Close Portion Of Inkster Rd, US-24 Ramp To M-10

Metro Detroit Traffic NewsSouthfield, MI - The I-696 Restore the Reuther project continues with needed bridge work closing Inkster Road between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads and the closure of the southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) ramp to southbound M-10 (Lodge/Northwestern Highway).

Beginning Monday, March 4, through March 18, Inkster Road will be closed between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads with local traffic allowed to access up to the I-696 bridge. A shoulder closure will remain through early May. 

Inkster Road detours:

  • Northbound Inkster Road will use westbound 11 Mile Road to northbound Middle Belt Road, then eastbound 12 Mile Road to Inkster Road.
  • Southbound Inkster Road will use westbound 12 Mile Road to southbound Middle Belt Road, then eastbound 11 Mile Road to Inkster Road. 

Beginning Tuesday, March 5, through late March, the southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) ramp to southbound M-10 (Lodge/Northwestern Highway) will be closed for bridge work. Southbound US-24 ramp traffic will be detoured to northbound M-10, then use the crossover between 12 Mile and Franklin roads to southbound M-10. 

This $275 million I-696 Restore the Reuther investment includes rebuilding the roadway from the base up, including storm sewer replacement and rebuilding the ramps at Orchard Lake Road, American Drive, Franklin Road, and US-24 (Telegraph Road). 

This year, westbound I-696 is being rebuilt from east of US-24 (Telegraph Road) to I-275 and both directions of traffic are currently sharing the eastbound side. Eastbound lanes were rebuilt in 2023. Project details can be found at DrivingOakland.com.

Funding for this project is made possible by the Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improve the condition of the state's infrastructure.

Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 3,328 jobs.

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