I-75 Bridge Demolition to Begin Friday


DETROIT — Construction crews will be closing a section of I-75 in Detroit, between I-375 and M-10 (Lodge Freeway) this weekend beginning at 9 p.m. Friday. The I-75 closure is required so crews can demolish the west half (southbound lanes) of the Woodward Avenue overpass above the freeway. The lanes are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Sept. 22.

“Closing this section of I-75 this weekend is necessary for the project to stay on track, but we have been working closely with the Detroit Lions, Olympia Entertainment, and others to accommodate their needs and provide information they can share with event-goers,” said M-1 RAIL Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs.  “To accommodate fans heading to Sunday’s Detroit Lions game, crews will open the ramp from northbound I-75 to Grand River Avenue from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.”

During the closure, northbound I-75 motorists will be directed to westbound I-96, to eastbound I-94, then back to northbound I-75. Southbound motorists will be directed to westbound I-94, to eastbound I-96, then back to southbound I-75. The ramps from northbound and southbound M-10 to southbound I-75 will be open over the entire weekend.

Click here to read more about alternate routes into downtown Detroit for this weekend. 

Beginning  Sept. 22, I-75 will have three lanes open in each direction under the Woodward Avenue Bridge with traffic shifted towards the outside shoulders of the freeway.  The Clifford Street entrance ramp to northbound I-75 will remain closed until all bridge work is completed in fall 2015.

The west side of the I-75 Bridge at Woodward Avenue and the service drives will not be accessible to pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians will have to cross on the east side of Woodward Avenue either at Sibley or Elizabeth streets.

Visit M-1RAIL.com for updates on construction and traffic.