Overpass Demolition Requires Full Weekend Closure Of I-94

WWJ News
January 15, 2020 - 11:21 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - You may need a detour this weekend if you're in Detroit. 

MDOT is closing both directions of I-94 between I-75 and the Lodge Freeway (M-10) for the weekend so crews can demolish the Second Avenue overpass.

The closure will start at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. All lanes of I-94 are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20

During the closure, westbound I-94 traffic will use southbound I-75 and westbound I-96 to go back to westbound I-94. The northbound and southbound M-10 ramps to westbound I-94 will remain open. All entrance ramps to westbound I-94 will be closed from Mt. Elliot to John R Street and will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. 

Eastbound I-94 traffic will use eastbound I-96 and northbound I-75 to go back to eastbound I-94. The eastbound I-94 ramp to southbound M-10 will remain open for local traffic. All entrance ramps to eastbound I-94 will be closed from 30th Street (west of Warren Avenue) to M-10 and will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. 

Beginning Friday night, the northbound and southbound M-10 ramps to eastbound I-94 will remain closed until fall. The ramp closures are needed for safety reasons due to their proximity to Second Avenue and an upcoming traffic shift on I-94. In addition, the John R Street entrance ramp to westbound I-94 will be closed for safety reasons. Detours will be posted for the ramp closures.

All work on this $25.5 million project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2021. The new Second Avenue bridge will replace the current structure built in 1954 and will be the first network tied arch bridge in the state of Michigan. During the replacement, vehicular traffic for Second Avenue will be detoured to Woodward Avenue to cross over I-94.

This bridge replacement is part of the I-94 modernization project in Detroit that involves rebuilding seven miles of freeway and replacing 67 bridges between Conner Road and I-96. 

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