I-696 reopens at Bermuda Street, Woodward Avenue after hourslong closure

Posted at 8:12 PM, Jan 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-18 22:50:01-05

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) — I-696 reopened Wednesday night after being closed for more than five hours due to a downed power line in Oakland County.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes on I-696 near Bermuda Street and Woodward Avenue closed for a downed power line across the freeway, officials said.

The freeway closed around 5:05 p.m. Around 10:40 p.m., Michigan State Police said I-696 has reopened and wires are off the freeway.

When troopers arrived Wednesday evening, they found the downed line going across lanes of traffic. Eastbound I-696 closed at Woodward Avenue and westbound I-696 closed at Bermuda Street. Both ramps for westbound I-696 and ramps for northbound and southbound I-75 also closed.

Michigan State Police said a car was hit by the power line and sustained damage. No injuries have been reported.

Around 7:35 p.m., state police said DTE Energy was going to assist at the scene.