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I-94 Closure Beginning Friday at 9 p.m. to Reopen Monday at 5 a.m.

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DETROIT – M-1 RAIL and the Michigan Department of Transportation announced today that construction crews will be closing a section of I-94 in Detroit this weekend between I-75 and M-10 (Lodge Freeway). The closure will begin at 9 p.m. Friday, August 21, with all lanes of the freeway expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, August 24. The steel support beams for the Woodward Avenue overpass above the freeway will be undergoing work as part of the M-1 RAIL project.

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Alternate Downtown Routes

Westbound I-94 motorists will be directed to southbound I-375 (Chrysler Freeway), then southbound I-75 (Fisher Freeway) to westbound I-96, and back onto westbound I-94. 

Eastbound I-94 motorists will be directed to eastbound I-96, then northbound I-75 (Fisher Freeway) to northbound I-375 (Chrysler Freeway), and back onto eastbound I-94. 

One lane will remain open for local traffic on eastbound I-94 from I-96 to M-10. In addition, the northbound and southbound M-10 ramps to westbound I-94 will be open over the weekend.  

During the weekend closure, Woodward Ave. will remain open with a single lane available in each direction over I-94, with a center turn lane. All traffic will be maintained on the west side (southbound lanes) of the structure. This configuration is expected to remain in place until winter 2015. 

In addition, the John R. Road entrance ramp to westbound I-94, and the eastbound I-94 exit ramp to John R. Road will remain closed.


On I-75 the northbound lanes are closed between Southfield Road and Outer Drive.

Southbound lanes are back open, but police and MDOT are urging drivers to avoid the area. Use Dix, Fort or I-94 to get around the area.

About M-1 RAIL 

M-1 RAIL is the non-profit organization leading the design, construction and future operation of a 3.3-mile (6.6 miles round-trip) modern streetcar along Woodward Avenue between Larned Street and West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, Michigan. An unprecedented public-private partnership and considered by many a model for similar efforts across the country, the M-1 RAIL Streetcar project is the first major transit project led and funded by private businesses and philanthropic organizations, in partnership with local, state and federal governments. Visit for more information. 


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