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Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 3 p.m.

I-94 construction: MDOT to close westbound lanes through Ann Arbor this weekend

By Amy Biolchini

Both westbound lanes of Interstate 94 through Ann Arbor will be closed to traffic this weekend as a part of an ongoing nine-mile-long construction project by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Eastbound lanes of I-94 in Ann Arbor have been closed for two previous weekends as a part of the project.

Westbound I-94 drivers will be routed to northbound U.S. 23, as westbound I-94 will be closed from that intersection west to the junction at M-14.

The closure begins 10 p.m. Friday and ends 5 a.m. Monday. Posted detour routes will be along U.S. 23 and M-14.

Several lane and ramp closures at the U.S. 23 interchange at I-94 will also be imposed by MDOT to prevent merging accidents due to increased traffic on the detour routes.

  • Ramp from westbound I-94 to southbound U.S. 23: Closed
  • Ramp from eastbound I-94 to northbound U.S. 23: Closed
  • Ramp from northbound U.S. 23 to westbound I-94: Closed
  • Northbound U.S. 23 at I-94: One lane closed

Workers contracted by MDOT are in the midst of removing and re-pouring concrete sections of I-94.

Sweeny said the construction project is moving ahead on schedule and traffic backups on detour routes have been mitigated by adding additional signs.

Weather permitting, the final closure of a direction on I-94 will be the weekend of Aug. 10-11, said Mark Sweeney, manager of the MDOT post in Brighton.

The approximately $4 million project also includes new overlay payment on a three-mile portion of I-94 through the heart of Ann Arbor between Scio Church Road and the railroad overpass, Sweeney said.

MDOT is pursuing funding options to complete the overlay project on the remaining portions of I-94 in Ann Arbor, Sweeney said.

View MDOT I-94 construction in a larger map

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



Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 3:08 p.m.

Oh yay. I love taking longer to get to work. So this weekend it's only WEST bound? Will it be next weekend too?

Amy Biolchini

Thu, Aug 1, 2013 : 8:19 p.m.

Only westbound this weekend, and weather permitting, westbound I-94 will be closed next weekend as well.

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Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 3:36 a.m.

westbound speedbumps now! sweet.


Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 11:01 p.m.

O yeah!! Off roading here we come!


Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 1:46 a.m.

So I wonder who's idea it was to close lanes on the weekend of Thunder Over Michigan air show. That should create some problems.


Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 11 p.m.

Thunder Over Michigan is August 10 and 11. Road closures might occur on Michigan at Ecorse. Other then that? I just hope I can get out of dodge before they close me in and I can't get out of Ann Arbor. Sad.


Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 4:54 p.m.

lane closure next weekend as well.


Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

Aren't the highway closures this weekend (10pm Aug 2 -- 5am Aug 5)? Isn't Thunder Over Michigan the next weekend (Aug 10 -- Aug 11)?


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 8:22 p.m.

Google Maps is ahead of them and has already removed it.


Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 1:52 p.m.

That was driving me nuts yesterday. Glad to see it's been fixed.

Amy Biolchini

Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 1:42 p.m.

I noticed that bug yesterday on Google Maps, too. I'm happy to report that today I-94 through Ann Arbor is back on Google Maps.


Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 7:51 p.m.

How about they add a 3rd lane all the way to Kalamazoo and some new entrance ramps (safer) and make this Interstate less a "death trap" and more consumer friendly? Piecemeal construction like this is just a pain, and does little for safety. Too many deaths on this road....


Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 1:49 p.m.

No, there really is a need for another lane. Have you driven to Kalamazoo recently? It's not as simple as just adding a third lane, however. There are many bridges and overpasses that would need to be upgraded to allow for a third lane of traffic on each side. That's a whole lot of tax dollars, and as long as Snyder and the GOP are in control, don't count on the state having the kind of revenue that would be needed for such improvements.


Wed, Jul 31, 2013 : 1 a.m.

Another lane all the way to Kzoo is ridiculous. There is no need for that many lanes.

Ann English

Tue, Jul 30, 2013 : 9:23 p.m.

That "piecemeal construction" keeps us in the right lane satisfied with the surface of the road so we don't change lanes to avoid rough spots.