'Urgent bridge repairs' to close I-96 and M-39 ramps for 3 weeks

Closures start Oct. 11

Orange construction barrels in Detroit (WDIV)

DETROIT – MDOT is closing two heavily trafficked ramps for urgent bridge repairs.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be performing urgent bridge repairs at the I-96/M-39 interchange in Detroit on two heavily traveled freeway ramps that have had to be closed previously for emergency patching. This project is expected to ensure the ramps can remain open during the winter months.

The ramps are expected to be closed for approximately three weeks but could take longer depending on the weather. Wet or cold weather could affect curing time for concrete and extend the closure.


I-96 (Jeffries Freeway)

M-39 (Southfield Freeway)


Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. 8 p.m.


November 2019


The westbound I-96 ramps to northbound and southbound M-39 will be closed for approximately three weeks along with the northbound and southbound M-39 ramps to eastbound I-96. There may be occasional lane closures on I-96 in the local and express lanes along with the M-39 service drive that runs under the bridges under repair.


Westbound I-96 traffic heading for northbound M-39 will be detoured further west to northbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) to eastbound M-102 (8 Mile Road) to northbound M-39.

Westbound I-96 traffic headed for southbound M-39 will be detoured further west to southbound US-24 (Telegraph Road) to eastbound M-153 (Ford Road) to southbound M-39.

Northbound and southbound M-39 traffic headed for eastbound I-96 will be detoured to eastbound M-5 (Grand River Avenue) to eastbound I-96.

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