I-94 bridge work, crash repair to snarl weekend traffic

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Detroit — Interstate 94 in Detroit and Dearborn is the place to avoid this weekend.

The Michigan Department of Transportation and M-1 Rail have major plans for the freeway.

■The freeway will be closed in both directions at Woodward for bridge beam settings for the light rail route.

■Sections of pavement are being rebuilt on the eastbound side at Wyoming, which were destroyed by the explosion of a gasoline tanker on Wednesday.

I-94 was to close Friday night between I-75 and the Lodge Freeway (M-10) so crews can install 10 steel bridge beams on half of the new Woodward overpass.

The overpass is part of the M-1 Rail project, a 3.3-mile-long streetcar line on Woodward between Larned and West Grand Boulevard.

The detours will take drivers onto I-75 and I-96 and back to I-94, which is expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday

Work west of I-75 will include repairs from the fiery tanker crash this week and flood damage from last August.

"We knew there had been some flood damage in that area but a thorough inspection on Thursday after the explosion showed a larger area of flood damage that has to be addressed," Michigan Department of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Cross said.

On Friday, eastbound I-94 remained closed from the Southfield Freeway (M-39) to Warren. Friday night, only one lane was expected to be open eastbound from Warren to the Lodge. Westbound traffic will be diverted at I-75 so crews can fix the crash area and flood damage at Warren.

Crews have been pouring new concrete between Michigan and Wyoming since about noon Thursday. Also, environmental crews were cleaning thousands of gallons of gasoline out of the freeway's underground drainage system and pump houses.


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