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I-75 bridge demolition suspended

Leonard N. Fleming and Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Detroit — Work was suspended Friday for the demolition of the Interstate 75 bridge that would allow for the construction on the M-1 Rail streetcar project.

Michigan Department of Transportation Spokesman Jeff Cranson confirmed Friday afternoon that the project was suspended. He said it was the decision of M-1 Rail officials.

James Canning, a spokesman for the M-1 project, said Friday more utility relocation is needed prior to the demolition. The postponement will not delay completion the M-1 Rail, which is expected to be done by late 2016, Canning said.

The work, which was scheduled to begin on Friday was not expected to affect access to the Detroit Lions game or other downtown events.

The demolition of the bridge, which was originally supposed to occur Sept. 12 through the 15, was previously delayed one week.

On Sept. 9, the northbound and southbound traffic and center turn lane was shifted to the east side of Woodward. And the north and southbound service drives to I-75 on the west side of Woodward have been closed along with the entrance ramp at Clifford.