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I-75 tanker fire in Detroit: MDOT assesses damage

MDOT assessing damage after tanker fire Sunday morning

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is assessing and putting out requests for bids on the repair work. Work can begin once the lowest bid is selected.
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is assessing and putting out requests for bids on the repair work. Work can begin once the lowest bid is selected.

DETROIT – Sunday's tanker fire at the Interstate 75 and 375 interchange was extremely hot.

UPDATE: MDOT spokeswoman Diane Cross said the I-75 ramp will remain closed until at least Friday.

Nine thousand gallons of fuel were onboard when the driver had a mechanical problem and the rear tires locked up, causing the fiery accident on the ramp to northbound I-75.

There is a lot of damage on the ramp bridge. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is assessing and putting out requests for bids on the repair work. Work can begin once the lowest bid is selected.

Cross said repairs are expected to begin Tuesday morning. The tanker crash and fire damaged the ramp and barrier walls. About 300 feet of concrete will have to be replaced while temporary concrete barriers will be placed along the shoulders of the ramp until repairs can be made to the barriers walls, according to MDOT.

How this affects traffic:

The ramp sends northbound I-75 (Fisher Freeway) traffic over I-375 and back onto northbound I-75 (Chrysler Freeway).

Drivers will still be able to access I-375 from northbound I-75.

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Detours:

- Southbound M-10 to Forest or Howard exit

- I-94 exit early near Midtown area

- Gratiot Avenue

- Michigan Avenue