LIVONIA (WWJ) – This will come as welcome news to thousands of commuters: officials say a major freeway construction project in the Detroit area that’s requiring motorists to take detours is on schedule.

Mid-October is the projected re-open date for the I-96 freeway says MDOT’s Jeff Horn, saying the I-96 fix, is on schedule.


Work near Farmington Road.  (credit: Bill Szumanski/WWJ)

Work near Farmington Road. (credit: Bill Szumanski/WWJ)Construction on the project, which began in April, is about 66 percent complete reports WWJ’s Mike Campbell.

Logan Orr, salesperson with Teknicolors Paints, located on Beech Daly and Schoolcraft says he thinks they will meet the deadline.

“They’ve already got landscaping at Levan – they’ve already got the light poles laid out – ready to go – they are way ahead of schedule in my viewpoint – of course they’ll never say that, but I think they are going to hit the October 31 deadline … they’ll even be a couple of weeks early.”

Orr says that since folks are moving slowly on the service drive – he believes his business has new customers discovering him.

Orr says his sales have held steady during the construction, although a neighboring business says their sales are down almost 60 percent.

Sam Matalka owns a Sunoco gas station along the freeway stretch of construction: “Since April my sales have dropped $36,000,” laments Matalka.

The $148 million project to rebuild the roadway also includes bridge repair and replacement work.



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