MDOT: Stretch of 696 concrete had to be ripped out for poor quality

- The multi-million dollar I-696 road construction project recently hit a snag.

A new stretch of concrete had to be ripped out last week because it "didn't meet quality standards."

"MDOT and the contractor is committed to having a high quality pavement that will last for many years to come," said Alan Ostrowski, project manager, MDOT. "We were in agreement that it had to be removed - and it was."

The new concrete that had to be ripped out and replaced is about a half a mile-long near Gratiot.

"This happens from time to time," he said. "This was the very first pavement that we placed. We had to work through what the expectation was and we had to do some sampling, some testing to figure out what we had."

MDOT says the error occurred because the contractor’s equipment wasn't working properly.

The mistake was only about a day's worth of work, so it won't delay the project and it won't cost MDOT any additional money. The contractor, Interstate Highway Construction is covering the cost of the error.

"These issues were identified pretty early," Ostrowski said. "They continued to move down the road and pave, and these issues are resolved. We fixed that."

FOX 2 called to speak with the contractor but no one called us back.

The I-696 repaving project is still expected to be complete in November.

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