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Detroit — Officials say construction priorities for Detroit’s long-awaited commuter light rail will shift to allow work to continue during the winter.

M-1 Rail Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs says officials will adjust the schedule in the case of extreme weather to protect crews. He says such shifts won’t affect the expected completion date.

Childs says winter construction will include work on freeway overpasses, sewers and underground utility lines. Specialty track will arrive in the spring for installation when weather permits.

The 3.3 mile, $140-million light rail will stretch along Woodward Avenue from the city’s riverfront to its New Center area. It is scheduled for completion in late 2016 and is expected to spur economic and job growth along the Woodward corridor.

Construction on the light rail started in late July.

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