I-96 Reconstruction Project
Bringing it up to speed
• HNTB served as prime consultant and one of two lead design firms
• Project rebuilt 7 miles of highway, rehabilitated 37 bridges
• Team delivered project early, under budget
This project rebuilt a 7-mile stretch of I-96 that carries nearly 140,000 vehicles per day and, after more than 40 years of heavy use, was beyond repair. Work included full-depth reconstruction of the freeway, rehabilitation of 37 bridges, installation of new LED lighting and storm sewers, geometric upgrades, signing, extensive landscaping and safety improvements. HNTB was responsible for the design of approximately 3.5 miles of the roadway, packaging of bid documents and provided construction engineering inspection services as part of MDOT’s multi-consultant project team.
A seven-month total closure of the interstate – coupled with an A+B contracting format that required the contractor to bid the number of construction days with a $150,000 per day incentive for early delivery – resulted in faster, reduced-cost completion of the largest single-season project in MDOT history and a transportation corridor that has earned enthusiastic, broad-based public support.
Delivered early and under budget, the innovative project brought I-96 in line with current design standards and enhanced the aesthetic quality of the corridor. It achieved the project goals of providing businesses and commuters with a critical transport corridor that is safe, efficient and attractive, while minimizing MDOT maintenance requirements.