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Go Play on the Freeway they said!

This post is only tangentially related to EVs: The road.

One of the major freeways in the Detroit area is I-96. It runs through the heart of downtown and many of the western suburbs. Completed in 1977 it is heavily used and by the 2010s or so it was in dire need of some repairs (like much of Michigan’s infrastructure). Michigan’s Department of Transportation (MDOT) asked local residents and businesses their opinion on how to proceed with the re-build. The public was given two options: Completely close the freeway for a summer or extend the work over several years (most likely 3) using single lane closures (the work would also include rebuilding many of the bridges over the section being rebuilt). The public overwhelmingly chose the shorter option: complete closure for a season. Thus back in April of this year a 6 mile section of I-96 was closed and work started on the rebuild immediately.

Tomorrow (9/22) the road opens back up bright and early for the morning commute. Before the opening, however, MDOT decided to hold a small “party” out on the road surface and invited everyone in the greater Detroit area to come and join in…and boy did they! (Hence the reason for this post.) We did drive the FFE to the event so I guess it is EV related.
I-96 and all the people!
I-96 and all the people!
I-96 and all the people!
I-96 and all the people!

Happy commuting!