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Multiple I-94 construction projects will impact drivers from Detroit Metro Airport to downtown

Posted: 5:55 PM, Mar 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-17 14:42:25Z

ROMULUS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Soon if you are flying out of Detroit Metro Airport, you are going to need to give yourself extra time to get there so you don’t miss your flight. It is just one of many projects MDOT has planned for I-94.

It is a stretch of road that about 100,000 people drive every day. Now several construction projects are planned from I-275 to Conner in Detroit along I-94.

“The model shows this could back up four miles in the morning,” said Bill Erben, of the stretch of interstate in Taylor and Romulus.

Erben says they are preparing for major back ups when construction is underway between I-275 and Telegraph, even though some lanes will always be open in both directions.

“Eureka road off of I-275 is probably your best bet (if you are going to the airport). We will maintain access to and from the airport via Merriman and Middle Belt but it will be slower,” said Erben.

MDOT is hosting an open house to answer questions about this part of the modernize I-94 project Thursday, March 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Romulus City Hall.

“The area by the airport is more or less a maintenance project,” said Erben. “Replaces bridge railings, replaces bridge decks, put a new surface for folks to drive on.”

At times the traffic impact could be even worse in Detroit. MDOT is preparing for what it calls a “Super Project” to modernize I-94 within Detroit. At times there will be complete closures as bridges are replaced or repaired this construction season.

For updates on when projects are underway impacting lane or interstate closures, go to Michigan.gov/drive .