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Posted on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 6:09 p.m.

Closures planned on exit ramps from eastbound I-94 to U.S. 23 early Saturday morning

By Amy Biolchini

The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning to close the exit ramps from eastbound Interstate 94 to northbound and southbound U.S. 23 early Saturday morning.

From 4 to 7 a.m. Saturday, MDOT will be closing the ramps to do work on the cantilevered signs at the exits.

MDOT implemented a similar closure about a month ago to install new signs at the exit.

The traffic backup from the closure was a contributing factor to an accident that killed Sean Desmarais, 43, of Ann Arbor..

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Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 7:12 p.m.

Let's hope that safety of drivers approaching this shutdown is first and foremost. Not everyone reads Flashing strobes or any eye catching warning would be welcome. Placing them quite a way back from the actual closing.

Ann English

Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 1:24 a.m.

Good practice of a lesson learned, Amy. Motorists, whether or not they're managers, benefit from notices like this, so they know what to expect. No other ramps are so near this interchange that someone could speed up to 60 from a nearby entrance, and then slow right down again, like I did one night on US-23 between Eight Mile and Nine Mile Roads, for an accident that already had the police on the scene.

Macabre Sunset

Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 11:54 p.m.

They're usually good about the time. Unless (and I think it's outside city limits, so we're safe) they're installing a pedestrian traffic light. Because, you know, a blind person might want to cross US-23 there, and we wouldn't want an accident.


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 11:20 p.m.

4 AM to 7 AM. That means as least 9 AM, and probably 11.