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Posted on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 : 5:41 p.m.

I-94 roadwork: Overnight lane closures precursor to full closure of eastbound lanes this weekend

By Amy Biolchini

A single-lane closure on eastbound Interstate 94 from the M-14 interchange east to the Carpenter Road overpass Wednesday and Thursday nights is a precursor to a full closure of the lanes this weekend, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced Wednesday afternoon.

The single-lane closure will be in effect from 9 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday, and from 9 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday for pavement repairs.

A major reconstruction project of I-94 begins Friday night as well.

Both lanes of eastbound I-94 through Ann Arbor will be closed to all traffic from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday from M-14 to Carpenter Road.

Traffic will be detoured around the closure on M-14 and U.S. 23.

I-94 is a composite roadway with a layer of hot mix asphalt on top of concrete.

During this weekend's closure, workers will be cutting out the concrete joints of the road and replacing them.

Because of the extensive work involved on the five-mile-long portion of the highway, MDOT decided closing the road was the best way to complete the work without extending the length of the project.

The weekend closure is the first of several MDOT has anticipated will be necessary to repair the pavement on I-94. The contractor has been advised of major events in the Ann Arbor area when work cannot be completed -- including the Ann Arbor Art Fairs.

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.



Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 5:53 p.m.

This is horrible.


Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 11:53 a.m.

Ahhhh .... summer in Michigan. After suffering through a winter that lasted into May, we now get to deal with construction!! Yay!! But in Michigan's defense ..... I do love this state in the summertime!!


Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 1:20 a.m.

Great, going to have to take the long way into work Friday night when I already have to be at work early. Great. Joy. Grrr.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 12:28 a.m.

will a car traveling south on 23 be able to get on east bound 94 on Saturday morning?

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 12:29 p.m.

thanks for the clarification Fordie. It makes sense now. My wife drives that way every day.


Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 12:17 p.m.

The ramps from 23 don't actually merge onto 94 until after the Carpenter bridge. They are parallel until that point so you the article is correct and you still have access.


Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 12:10 p.m.

I had the same thoughts, Craig.

Craig Lounsbury

Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 2:28 a.m.

that seems logical on the one hand but on the other hand it would mean east bound 94 is closed to 23 not Carpenter as indicated so that's why I'm confused.


Thu, Jul 11, 2013 : 12:53 a.m.

If they're detouring via 14 and 23, you have to be able to get onto EB 94 from 23 - otherwise the detour won't work.