DETROIT (CBS Detroit) – I-94 will be closed between I-75 and M-10, the Lodge Freeway, this weekend — beginning Friday night.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) says the closure is necessary to allow crews to demolish the southbound lanes of the Woodward Ave. overpass above the freeway in coordination with the M-1 RAIL streetcar project.
The closure will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, with all lanes of the freeway expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 11.
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During the closure, motorists traveling westbound on I-94 will be directed to southbound I-75 (Chrysler Freeway), then southbound I-75 (Fisher Freeway) to westbound I-96, and back onto westbound I-94. Eastbound I-94 motorists will be directed to eastbound I-96, then northbound I-75 (Fisher Freeway) to northbound I-75 (Chrysler Freeway), and back onto eastbound I-94. One lane will remain open for local traffic on eastbound I-94 from I-96 to M-10. In addition, the northbound and southbound M-10 ramps to westbound I-94 will be open.
MDOT also announced that, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 6, Woodward Ave. will have one lane open in each direction over I-94, with a center turn lane. All traffic will be maintained on the east side (northbound lanes) of the structure. This configuration is expected to remain in place until spring 2015. In addition, the John R. Road entrance ramp to westbound I-94, and the eastbound I-94 exit ramp to John R. Road will be closed.
M-1 RAIL is the nonprofit organization leading the design, construction and future operations of a 3.3-mile modern streetcar along Woodward Ave. between Larned Street and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Work on the project began July 28 and is expected to take about 27 months. [More on the rail project HERE].