Construction season gets an early head start this weekend! An 11 mile stretch of I-96 between M-52 and M-59 is set for resurfacing. Weather permitting. It is scheduled to start Sunday and daily work is expected to occur between the hours of 9 pm to 5 am. The project's expected completion date is in November.

Major work will be done on four select weekends prior to July 4, avoiding holiday weekends and commencement exercises for both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, officials said.(Lansing State Journal)

Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Michael Frezzel said that between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., westbound or eastbound portions of the freeway will be reduced to one open lane, depending on what side is being worked on.

Besides cold milling and resurfacing, other work includes concrete pavement repairs, culvert work, drainage, guardrails, pavement markings, and shoulder corrugation (rumble strips). A cable barrier will also be installed as a safety measure where it doesn’t already exist.

“It’s very necessary in the event of a crash or keeping a vehicle that is out of control from going across the median and causing another crash,” Frezzel said.