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A section of Interstate 75 downtown will be closed over the weekend so crews working on Detroit’s light rail can demolish the southbound lanes of Woodward Avenue above the freeway for the streetcar project.

M-1 Rail officials say I-75 between Interstate 375 and the Lodge Freeway will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

The 3.3 mile, $140-million light rail will stretch along Woodward 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. The federal government has committed $25 million to the project. Other funding comes from foundations and businesses.

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