Detroit — Drivers in Wayne and Macomb counties should brace for weekend closures on interstates 94 and 75 that will disrupt travel.

A part of I-94 in Detroit will be closed this weekend to enable crews to repair pavement and set bridge beams, Michigan Department of Transportation officials said.

Weather permitting, MDOT said it will close the freeway's westbound lanes between Interstate 75 and Interstate 96 at 9 p.m. Friday. All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. Eastbound I-94 will remain open. 

During the closure, crews will resurface westbound I-94 from Second Avenue to I-96 and set bridge breams over the freeway's westbound lanes for the Brush Street overpass.

Traffic will be detoured onto southbound I-75 to westbound I-96 and then back to westbound I-94.

This weekend's construction work is part of MDOT's I-94 modernization project in Detroit that includes rebuilding seven miles of freeway and replacing 67 bridges between Conner Road and I-96.

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MDOT also announced a couple of other freeway lane closures this weekend in Metro Detroit.

Eastbound I-696 in Macomb County will close between I-75 and Gratiot Avenue at 8 p.m. Friday. The closure will enable crews to make repairs to drain sewer pipes. Only one local lane between I-75 and Dequindre will be open and traffic will be detoured to southbound I-75 to eastbound 8 Mile to I-94.

At the same time, westbound I-696 will have only one lane open between I-94 and Dequindre.

The work is part of a project to repair I-696 in Macomb County and lanes should reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

In Pontiac, northbound and southbound Woodward in Pontiac will close at 9 p.m. Friday between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Orchard Lake Road for the "Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge" event. The road will reopen by 10 a.m. Monday.

Also in Oakland County, the right lane of southbound I-75 between 13 Mile and Eight Mile will be close at 3 p.m. Sunday to enable crews to widen the shoulder. The work is in preparation for an eventual traffic shift.

In addition to the single lane closure, the following four ramps will be closed: 

  • Westbound I-696 ramp to southbound I-75
  • Southbound I-75 exit to Eight Mile 
  • Southbound I-75 exit to Nine Mile 
  • 9 Mile Road entrance ramp to southbound I-75 

The work is part of MDOT's I-75 modernization project, which is entering its third segment. In this phase of the project, more than five miles of I-75 between Eight Mile and 13 Mile will be rebuilt. The $944 million project began in August 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2023.

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