I-94 closing this weekend in Detroit as Tigers open season

Crews removing overpass above freeway

I-94 signs in Michigan (WDIV)

Attention Tigers fans heading downtown this weekend -- don’t use I-94.

Weather permitting, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contract crews will be removing the Grand River overpass above I-94 in Detroit this weekend. This work will require closing I-94 between I-75 and I-96 starting at 9 p.m. Friday, April 8. Both directions of I-94 are expected to reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, April 11.

That means the freeway will be open for Opening Day on Friday, but not for games on Saturday and Sunday at Comerica Park.

Westbound I-94 traffic will be detoured via southbound I-75 and westbound I-96 back to westbound I-94. Eastbound I-94 traffic will be detoured via eastbound I-96 to northbound I-75 back to eastbound I-94.

All entrance ramps to eastbound I-94 from 30th Street to M-10 (Lodge Freeway), and westbound I-94 from Mt. Elliott to Linwood streets, will be closed by 9 p.m. Friday and will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday.

Starting at 5 a.m. Monday, the following closures will remain in place until late May:

  • The right lane of westbound I-94 from Linwood Street to I-96, and
  • The westbound I-94 ramp to eastbound and westbound I-96.

Ramp traffic will be detoured using southbound I-75 to I-96. Detours will be posted for local traffic using Grand River Avenue over I-94.

The new overpass will replace the original structure built in 1952. All work on this $14.6 million investment is scheduled to be completed in early 2023.

About the Author:

Ken Haddad is the digital content and audience manager for WDIV / ClickOnDetroit.com. He also authors the Morning Report Newsletter and various other newsletters. He's been with WDIV since 2013. He enjoys suffering through Lions games on Sundays in the fall.