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D-Day on Interstate 94 in Detroit is here and the D stands for demolition.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will close both directions of I-94 between Conner Avenue and Interstate 75 in Detroit this weekend to demolish the Gratiot Avenue and Chene Street overpasses.

The freeway will be closed at 9 p.m. and is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.

All surface street ramps to the freeway will begin closing at 7 p.m. and freeway to freeway interchange ramps will start closing at 9 p.m, officials said.  

As a result, all ramps along eastbound and westbound I-94 between I-75 and Conner will also be closed.

In addition, the eastbound Interstate 96 ramp to eastbound I-94, the northbound and southbound Lodge Freeway ramps to eastbound I-94, the northbound and southbound I-75 ramps to eastbound I-94 and all entrance ramps to westbound I-94 between Nine Mile Road and Chalmers Street will be closed, MDOT said.

MDOT officials suggest drivers from Macomb County and points east use either Jefferson Avenue as an alternate route to get downtown or take westbound I-94 to Eight Mile to southbound I-75 and then back to westbound I-94. 

Motorists traveling eastbound I-94 to get to the Grosse Pointes and Macomb County from the west side should exit at northbound I-75 to eastbound Eight Mile to get to eastbound I-94.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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