DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Transportation is continuing its work to modernize I-94 and that requires a closure of the highway this weekend.
According to MDOT, I-94 will be closed in both directions from I-75 to Gratiot Ave. in Detroit starting at 9 a.m. Friday. It's expected to open at 5 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17.
The closure is for contract crews to demolish the E. Grand Blvd. overpass.
WB I-94 traffic will be detoured to southbound Gratiot, the WB Gratiot connector to northbound I-75 and ten back to WB I-94. All entrance ramps to westbound I-94 will close starting at 7 p.m. Friday from Chalmers to Chene.
EB I-94 will be detoured to southbound I-75, the EB Gratiot connector and northbound Gratiot back to EB I-94. All entrance ramps to EB I-94 will close at 7 p.m. Friday from Grand River Ave. to Mt. Elliot St.
Because of the size of the overpass, MDOT says it expects to close the highway in the same area next weekend as well – Feb. 21-24 – to finish the demolition project.
All work on the $16 million project is expected to be complete by fall, and the new East Grand Blvd. bridge will replace the current structure which was built in 1956. Traffic will be detoured to the Chene overpass during the replacement.
The I-94 modernization project in Detroit involves rebuilding seven miles of freeway and replacing 67 bridges between Conner Rd. and I-96.