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MDOT: I-94 Summer Construction Project Will Impact Airport Traffic

Air travelers should plan for extra travel time.

March 21, 2019 - 4:14 pm

WWJ -- The Michigan Department of Transportation is giving a big heads up to metro Detroit drivers about a major summer construction project that will affect drivers heading to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in the height of the travel season.

MDOT Spokesperson Diane Cross tells WWJ the $12 million project will fix bridges, concrete and the median wall, among other things, on the stretch of I-94 between Telegraph Road and I-275.

"There will be times when we only have two lanes open, which will definitely affect the morning and afternoon rush. In fact, we expect multi-mile backups on I-94," Cross said.

The I-94 ramp to the airport will remain open, but MDOT recommends that air travelers use the airport's south entrance, via the I-275 ramp to Eureka. Those heading to the airport should give themselves extra travel time this summer.

"We do have to work on the ramps at Merriman and Middle Belt, but always one of them will be open," Cross said. "While you’ll be sitting in a backup because only two lanes may be open -- and nights and weekends we may only have one lane open -- you will always be able to exit either at Middle Belt or at Merriman."

Cross said it has not yet been determined when the project will start, but she expects it to be within the next couple of months, and says it will be completed by late fall.

MDOT is holding a meeting open to the public on Thursday to provide an overview of the upcoming project. There will be exhibits displaying project locations, types of work, and lane closures.