project updates

current updates


On Sept. 21, 2-4 p.m., community invited to commemorate
upcoming completion of the 96fix project

WHAT:  The public is invited to join the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) in marking the near completion of the I-96 project in Redford Township and Livonia, otherwise known as the 96fix. Be one of the first to walk, bike, or run on the new freeway. Automated "driverless" cars will be featured traveling along the roadway as well. The route is on westbound I-96 from Stark Road to Newburgh Road. MDOT says the freeway is close to completion and should reopen to traffic very soon.

WHO: General public 

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 (2 - 4 p.m.)

WHERE: Parking at Madonna University (southwest corner of parking lot), 36600 Schoolcraft Road (at Levan Road), Livonia.  Pedestrians can then walk down the westbound I-96 exit ramp to Newburgh to access the freeway.

DETAILS:  The 7-mile-long 96fix project between Newburgh and Telegraph roads in Redford Township and Livonia included rebuilding56 lane miles, repairing 37 overpasses, reconstructing 28 ramps, new freeway lighting, and other utility upgrades. Preliminary utility work on this $148 million investment began in late January, with construction getting under way in April. I-96 is expected to reopen to traffic very soon, ahead of its planned October reopening.

Follow 96 Fix updates on the project website:, and on social media at: and


Local bridge updates as of Sept. 2, 2014:
Latest information on scheduled local bridge construction. If the bridge isn't listed below, it is open to traffic but it's not scheduled yet or work has been completed. For the full bridge list click here. For bridge names and corresponding bridge numbers, see the post below with the link "map of the 37 local bridges."


  • Newburgh Rd WB u-turn, opens October
  • Levan Rd, 1 lane open each direction, opens mid-September
  • Yale St, opens mid-September
  • Farmington Rd EB U-turn, opens mid-September
  • Berwick St, opens September
  • Middlebelt Rd EB U-turn, opens mid-September
  • Cardwell St, opens mid-September
  • Beech Daly Rd, 1 lane open each direction, opens mid-September
  • Fenton Rd, opens mid-September
Full updates for local bridges located here.


Including the 96fix, there are several other large commercial construction projects at the Middlebelt/96 interchange and utility work north of I-96 (between Inkster and Middlebelt) that are not related to our project. Also, work is occurring on the DWSD water tower on Middlebelt (1 mile south of I-96). Possibly as a result of all of this construction in and around some Livonia neighborhoods, some residents are indicating that rodents are more active than usual. So, here is a helpful fact sheet on "rodent control" brought to you by the 96fix team. Also, as some of these rodents apparently dwell in sewers, we wanted to point out that the I-96 freeway sewer system is an isolated and self-containing system that only has connections to the freeway and a pump station. Sewer lines on local roads (such as Schoolcraft, Middlebelt, residential streets) do not have access to the I-96 sewer system.


A map of the 37 local bridges that will be worked on as part of the 96fix. 

past updates


The full closure of the freeway began at 7 a.m. April 5, 2014. Ramps and interchanges were closed first, after 7 p.m. on Friday, April 4, followed by the rest of the freeway. Preliminary work, including detour sign placement and temporary widening of the US-24 entrance ramps at I-96 began. The Schoolcraft Road service drive was reduced to one lane closed in each direction throughout the project, beginning Thursday, April 3. The freeway is expected to reopen in October. Details here


The full closure of the freeway -- previously scheduled for March 24 -- was delayed due to extended winter weather.  


MDOT announces contractor for I-96 Reconstruction Project. Will generate 500 jobs Details here


I-96 remained open through January, after the Detroit Auto Show Details here


January Public Meeting Announced


Check out the videos of the I-96 Reconstruction Project including details of the detour routes.

  • What your new I96 will look like 
  • Detour routes and Traffic impacts 

Archived Updates


I-96 in the project limits will be closed starting March 24, 2014 (weather permitting) through October 2014.


MDOT anticipates the contractor's low bid will be revealed on December 11, 2013. Once the contract has been awarded, the construction timelines and schedules will be established. MDOT will provide the public with advance notification of major traffic impacts. Additional information will be provided at the next public meeting which is scheduled to occur in early January.


SAVE THE DATE: The I-96 Reconstruction Project will host its 3rd public meeting Sept. 18, 5-7 p.m. at Livonia City Hall Auditorium, 33000 Civic Center Dr., Livonia. See attached for details


MDOT engaged the contracting industry at a March 8 meeting to discuss their ideas about the I-96 Reconstruction project. Check out the meeting minutes, question and answers and more.


Notice To All Road, Bridge and Associated Work Contractors: MDOT needs your perspective on the I-96 Reconstruction project. Join MDOT at a meeting to discuss this project Friday, March 8, 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., MDOT Detroit Operations and Service Center in Detroit. Details here.


Results are in from the 188 people that took our aesthetic survey. View the examples presented and the results of the voting. Please note, while MDOT's first preference will be to take into account the survey results, MDOT may have to adjust the landscape items in some areas to fit the site conditions, such as steep slopes and soil types.


A public meeting was scheduled for Nov. 13, 2012 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Lee M. Thurston High School, 26255 Schoolcraft Road, Redford Township. The purpose of the meeting was to gather public input on corridor aesthetics (landscaping, colors and more) and review potential construction staging and detour alternatives.


37 bridges are part of our project. Get details on the fixes for each.


MDOT opts for full closure of I-96 freeway in 2014.
Read the Press Release  | View the Survey Results  |  Read some Frequently Asked Questions


Survey is now closed. Thank you everyone for contributing.


MDOT extends online survey for future I-96 reconstruction in Wayne CountyRead entire press release.


On Thursday March 1, 2012 we will host a public meeting at Livonia City Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss the project. The Livonia City Hall is on the South East corner of Farmington Road and 5 Mile Road. The address is 33000 Civic Center Drive, Livonia, MI 48154. Information presented will include potential construction impacts on traffic and graphic representations of the corridor. We encourage the public to provide us input!


The I-96 Reconstruction Project is the reconstruction of the road and rehabilitation of bridges in a seven-mile corridor, including on and offramps, from Newburgh Road to Telegraph Road, to current design standards and to improve safety.