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Posted on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

Overnight lane closures planned on I-94 Wednesday through Friday in Ann Arbor

By Amy Biolchini

One lane of eastbound Interstate 94 on the southeast side of Ann Arbor will be closed overnight three days this week for work by the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The right lane and the right shoulder of the road will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday through Friday this week, according to MDOT.

Workers will be removing and replacing the cantilevered sign just east of the Carpenter Road overpass east of the U.S. 23 interchange near mile marker 180, said Mark Sweeney, manager of MDOT's Brighton Transportation Service Center.

Drivers on I-94 will be warned of the closure before reaching U.S. 23 with a notification sign.

A traffic backup on I-94 outside of MDOT's construction zone in November contributed to a fatal accident that killed a 43-year-old Ann Arbor man.

Drivers had slowed on the freeway to merge into one lane between U.S. 23 and South State Street to accommodate a MDOT sign replacement crew that was working about 7 a.m. on a Saturday.

Sweeney said MDOT will be conducting work only within the 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. time frame to avoid affecting traffic at peak times.

MDOT has been replacing signs along its freeways for the past year with new signs that have bigger fonts and are more reflective so they can be seen better at night.

Sweeney said MDOT expects to have all signs in Washtenaw County on its freeways replaced by the end of April.

Also this spring, MDOT will begin replacing signs on non-freeway routes it owns and operates in Washtenaw County, Sweeney said.

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



Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 2:22 p.m.

I have been wondering why they couldn't just replace the sign instead of the full assembly (sign and post)? Seems like a big waste of money unless they are reusing those posts somewhere else.

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Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 1:22 a.m.


Ann English

Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 11:55 p.m.

Like street name sign, like freeway sign; I've noticed the bigger, bolder font on street name signs over some intersections. Freeway signs more reflective so they can be seen better at night? It's a better alternative to our turning on our high-beam headlights to better see and read the signs.