The construction of M1-Rail is going to close I-75 in downtown Detroit this weekend. If you were planning on taking I-75 to or through downtown Detroit this weekend, you’re going to want to know about this detour.

The Michigan Department of Transportation, as part of demolishing the northbound lanes of the Woodward Avenue expressway overpass for the M-1 Rail project, is closing both directions of I-75 (Fisher Freeway) between I-75 (Chrysler Freeway) and M-10 (Lodge Freeway).

This will start at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, with lanes expected to reopen in time for rush hour at 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

Additionally, Northbound I-75 will be closed at the I-75/M-10 (Lodge Freeway)/Rosa Parks Boulevard shared ramp. The exit ramps from northbound I-75 to Clark and Livernois avenues will remain open but the entrance ramps will be closed. In addition, the eastbound I-96 and M-10 (Lodge Freeway) ramps to northbound I-75 will be closed.

During the closure, northbound I-75 motorists will be detoured via westbound I-96 and eastbound I-94 to get back to northbound I-75. One lane of traffic will remain open from northbound I-75 to M-10 for local traffic.

Southbound motorists will be detoured via westbound I-94 to eastbound I-96 to get back to southbound I-75. The ramp from northbound I-375 and southbound M-3 (Gratiot Avenue) will be closed.

Good news for those using the Lodge as the northbound and southbound M-10 ramps to southbound I-75 will be open.

Suggested Alternate Downtown Routes

If you’re coming into downtown Detroit from the north, continue south on I-75 to I-375 and get off at Jefferson Avenue.

From the south, use northbound I-75 to I-96 to eastbound I-94 to southbound M-10.

From the east use westbound I-94 to southbound M-10.

From the west use eastbound I-94 to southbound M-10.

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