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Posted on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 9 a.m.

Crash backs up traffic on westbound I-94 in Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

A crash on westbound Interstate 94 was slowing traffic on the south side of Ann Arbor Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred near State Street. It was not believed to be blocking the freeway, but a Google traffic map showed a lengthy backup in the westbound lanes.

No information about the number of vehicles involved or whether there were any injuries was immediately available.

Michigan State Police were on the scene, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said shortly before 9 a.m.

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Frank Lee

Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:47 p.m.

This will continue to happen on an almost daily basis until this stretch of highway is redesigned. I94 needs to be three lanes wide and/or an addition exit built at Platt road. You can't reduce the busiest corridor in Michigan to one lane, without notice, without creating high potential for an accident. The traffic exiting I94 at State street backs up onto the freeway, essentially reducing I94 to one lane of travel. This occurs shortly after westbound I94 is reduced from three lanes to two lanes at US23. It's a bottleneck by design and continues to get worse.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 2 p.m.

I agree with the three lanes and having an exit at Platt. At least an exit at Platt would provide an alternate route and relieve some of the backup. But to go from Michigan Ave to State street with no other exits (besides merging onto US23) is a colossal bottleneck. On top of that, we have traffic from US-23 merging onto Westbound I-94 at the same time I-94 goes down to two lanes.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:30 p.m.

It wasn't blocking the freeway an hour ago, but emergency personnel did have a lane coned off. Two vehicles were visible. A fire truck and ambulance were there when I drove past.


Tue, Jul 23, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

Yeah, these newer-"safer" cars, seem to catch on fire after a crash easier then ever.