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Detroit — Many drivers commuting to downtown Detroit on Monday morning will have to pick a different exit after the city said it would close a section of Larned for street repairs.

Early Monday morning, there weren't any early warnings for drivers seeking to exit the Lodge Freeway at Larned; a police car and some traffic cones kept drivers from exiting. Motorists coming downtown may use Bagley or Jefferson as alternate exits from the Lodge. 

City workers noticed a section of Larned between the Lodge Freeway and Griswold Street has "a significant cavity" below a portion of Larned near Shelby, the release said.

The city hasn't said how long the roadway will be closed.

Due to the size of the cavity, city officials decided to close access to Larned as a precaution so crews can excavate the area and determine the cause of the cavity and repair it.

DDOT and SMART traffic will be rerouted to the nearest accessible bus stop at Spirit Plaza. Local access on Larned will be available via Washington Boulevard for the Foundation Hotel and Crown Plaza Detroit.

The cavity "potentially impacts enough of the roadway where they felt it best to close off the street so they can get to the cause and avoid any possible sinkhole," said John Roach, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's communications director.

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