Ten beams that are about 232 feet long will be installed this weekend for the superstructure of the southbound lanes of the Woodward Avenue bridge over I-94. The beams will support the new concrete bridge deck where vehicles, pedestrians and the M-1 RAIL streetcars will travel.

M-1 RAIL, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), 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, March 13, with all lanes of the freeway expected to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday in time for the Monday morning drive. The closure will enable construction crews to install ten steel beams on the west half (southbound lanes) of the new M-1 (Woodward Avenue) overpass above I-94 in coordination with the M-1 RAIL streetcar project.

During the closure, westbound I-94 motorists will be directed to southbound I-75 (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-75 (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 remain open.

After the weekend closure, M-1 will continue to have one lane open in each direction over I-94, along with a center turn lane. All traffic will continue to be maintained on the east side (northbound lanes) of the structure. 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.

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