Roseville — The Michigan Department of Transportation is considering how it can speed up the reconstruction of 10 miles of westbound Interstate 696 after Roseville officials refused to let agency crews work around the clock starting this spring.
In rejecting MDOT’s request recently, the Roseville City Council expressed concern about how overnight noise might affect residents. Instead, crews will be allowed to work 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
“In that section of area, we have a lot of citizens that live on both sides of I-696,” Roseville Mayor Pro Tem Jan Haggerty said. “If you were trying to sleep at night, and you’re listening to pounding and jackhammering all night, you’re not going to get any sleep.”
The issue adds some uncertainty to one of the biggest — if not the single biggest — road construction projects of the new year in Metro Detroit.
MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross said the agency expects to ask Roseville for waivers to the ban on overnight work once it hires a contractor.