Bridge construction will close I-94 in downtown Detroit next month

DETROIT – This is a project that should stop I-94 for an entire week in July as crews build a new bridge over I-94 in second avenue in downtown Detroit.

The new bridge will be from michigan first linked arch bridge in the network.

At five million pounds and 245 feet long, you’ll see the first tied arch bridge of its kind in the entire state.

The city will roll the bridge with a sophisticated multi-axle rolling platform from the staging area near Wayne States Campus at I-94.

This is where closures come into play.

The bridge is expected to go into place starting Sunday, July 10, but for that to happen, the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-94 will need to close between I-75 and John C. Lodge Highway.

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The first closure will last seven days, followed by a second five-day closure.

The bridge provides plenty of space for everyone as drivers will have one lane in each direction, pedestrians and cyclists will also have their own eight and nine foot lanes.

When opened, it will connect neighborhoods north and south of Second Avenue.

It will certainly be an upgrade of the original viaduct, which was built in 1954.

Next Thursday (June 16), MDOT will host a virtual open house to discuss the project further.

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David H. Henry