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MDOT Open House on I-696 Plaza Reconstruction in Oak Park

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Tuesday, March 29, 4 to 7 p.m. at City Hall

Michigan Department of Transportation, or MDOT, is holding an open house on Tuesday, March 29, between 4 to 7 p.m. in City Hall, located at 14000 Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park. MI. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with MDOT officials while learning about the upcoming I-696 Plaza Reconstruction project.

In April, MDOT will begin reconstruction on the Z03 plaza bridge over I-696. This area is MBREW draft onebelow Victoria Park, located east and west of Church Street, just north of 10 Mile Road. The reconstruction project involves removing everything above the bridge beams, including sections of Church Street, Victoria Park, parking lots, sidewalks, trees, light fixtures, and play structure.  The work is necessary to repair drainage issues which lead to the formation of icicles that create hazardous driving conditions for I-696 traffic.

During construction, the vehicular and pedestrian traffic along Church Street and Victoria Park will be safely rerouted outside the construction zone. This will likely cause an inconvenience to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Plan to use alternative routes if you use Church Street between Balfour and 10 Mile Road. MDOT apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience during this extensive reconstruction phase.

Construction will conclude in November, complete with a new drainage system, structural soil, sidewalks, parking lot, LED lighting, benches and a reconstructed Church Street. A new Mufflerplayscape and swings will be installed atop of a deluxe poured-in-place, or PIP, play surface which replaces the existing wood chips that are known to collect moisture.  Since construction ends in November, landscaping will be installed in the Spring of 2017. This will include 175 trees that can thrive in structural soil. Some of the trees will be placed strategically to eventually provide shade for the 14 newly installed benches.

For more information,

MDOT Presentation:

MDOT Brochure:

MDOT Website Updates:

Questions? Call MDOT’s Oakland Transportation Service Center at (248) 451-0001.

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