Major delays are here until May

heather-zara-headshot7Local 4 Blog by Heather Zara

Good Morning. A warning to drivers that head East on I-96 towards the I-696/I-275/M-5 Interchange: Don’t hop on the freeway- unless you want to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic for an extra 20-30 minutes during rush hour.

There are lane shifts and a single lane closure on I-96 between Beck and M-5. That’s where the slow downs begin but the real backups are because of what’s happening on I-696, further east of I-96.

Construction Break Down

  • 2 lanes are blocked on I-696 between Drake and I-275 in both directions
  • EASTBOUND backups have been worse (commuters coming from the west drive to Southfield, Royal Oak, Warren and Detroit)
  • Expect to move at speeds around 10-15 MPH for an extended period of time and 20-30 minute delays to your travel time
  • This construction is expected to last until mid-May

Alternate Routes 

  • Use Grand River or the Mile Roads
  • If you are heading West on I-696 in an attempt to get to I-96: Try using Telegraph to 12 Mile, to M-5, back to I-96

Pack your patience, friends. This one is going to be rough. Follow us on Twitter @Local4News and @HeatherZara. See you tomorrow on Local 4 News Morning. Have a great day and leave extra early, I-96 Eastbounders!

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