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Detroit — The ramps between Interstate 96 and the Southfield Freeway will be closed for about three weeks for "urgent" repairs, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The closures will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, MDOT announced, and it hopes the three-week planned closure will be in lieu of unplanned closures during winter.

Even so, "wet or cold weather could affect curing time for concrete and extend the closure," MDOT said in its statement. Thus far in October, Detroit has only seen about an inch of rain, but it averages about 2.25 inches historically.

MDOT has recommended detours for drivers:

Westbound I-96 traffic heading for northbound M-39 will be detoured further west to northbound US-24 (Telegraph) to eastbound M-102 (Eight Mile) to northbound M-39.

Westbound I-96 traffic headed for southbound M-39 will be detoured further west to southbound US-24 (Telegraph) to eastbound M-153 (Ford Road) to southbound M-39.

Northbound and southbound M-39 traffic headed for eastbound I-96 will be detoured to eastbound M-5 (Grand River) to eastbound I-96.

Source: Michigan Department of Transportation

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