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Aiming High: MDOT plans to demolish 3 freeway bridges in one night on I-94

MDOT image of 100th St bridge demolition in April 2020.JPG
Posted at 9:51 AM, Apr 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 09:51:03-04

BENTON TOWNSHIP, Mich.  — In an unusual move, the Michigan Department of Transportation has scheduled the demolition of three bridges over a freeway to be accomplished in 12 hours over a single night.

The demolition is part of the multi-year project east of Benton Harbor/St. Joseph that will connect the US-31 freeway to I-94, realign and rebuild two interchanges, build several new bridges, and add lanes to I-94.

The demolition requires the closure of the entire I-94 freeway for 12 hours between M-140 in Watervliet and Napier Avenue in Benton Township. The closure runs from 9 p.m. Saturday, April 17, to 9 a.m. Sunday, April 18.

The bridges being torn down at over I-94 at the I-94 Business Loop at Mile 33, Highland Avenue, and Territorial Road.

Traffic on I-94 eastbound will be detoured east on Napier Avenue to M-140, then north on M-140 to I-94. Westbound traffic will exit at M-140 at Watervliet, go south on M-140 to Napier Avenue, then west to I-94.

I-94 drivers who want to get to I-196 will be detoured differently.

  • Eastbound I-94 traffic will exit at M-139/Scottdale Road Exit 28, north on M-139, east on Territorial Road, north on Euclid Avenue, east on Red Arrow Highway to I-196.
  • Westbound I-94 traffic aiming for I-196 will exit at M-140, north to Red Arrow Highway, then west to I-196.