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Detroit — Interstate 94 under East Grand Boulevard in Detroit will close by 9 p.m. Friday and be out of commission for consecutive weekends, Michigan Department of Transportation officials said.

MDOT is closing the freeway to demolish the bridge. Eastbound and westbound I-94 will be closed between Interstate 75 and Gratiot for the weekend. All lanes of I-94 are scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

The freeway  also will be closed the weekend of Feb. 21-24.

"The weekend closures are needed for safety," MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi said. "The closure of southbound M-10 is for ongoing foundation work crews are doing on the retaining wall, and the I-94 bridge demolition at East Grand Boulevard requires all lanes be closed to remove the current structure that was constructed in 1956."

Work on the $16 million project is scheduled to be completed in late fall, according to the agency. Under the project, MDOT will replace the current overpass, which was built in 1956. Traffic will be detoured to the Chene Street overpass during the project. 

During the weekend's closure, westbound I-94 traffic will be detoured to southbound Gratiot, the westbound Gratiot Connector and northbound I-75 and back to westbound I-94, officials said. All entrance ramps to westbound I-94 between Chalmers to Chene will be closed beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

Eastbound I-94 will be rerouted to southbound I-75, the eastbound Gratiot Connector to northbound Gratiot and back to eastbound I-94. All entrance ramps to eastbound I-94 between Grand River and Mt. Elliott will be closed starting at 7 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. Monday. 

The project is part of MDOT's I-94 modernization project in Detroit, which involves rebuilding seven miles of freeway and replacing 67 bridges between Conner and Interstate 96.

Also this weekend, the southbound Lodge freeway (M-10) will be closed  at 8 Mile from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. That closure also includes all ramps. 

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