BRIGHTON, MI – The team behind the new I-96/U.S. 23 interchange near Brighton has won a national transportation award.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials awarded first place in the “highways” category to design engineer manager Jack Rick and the project team at the annual meeting Wednesday, Sept. 27 in Phoenix, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The two-year, $75 million project constructed three new through lanes on I-96, build three new bridges and reconstruct six bridges over U.S. 23 and old U.S. 23.

Four new express lanes on I-96 to allow traffic to move more smoothly through the interchange. Drivers will merge onto the same lanes, but motorists passing through the interchange will remain on express lanes.