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I-96 Closed Just East Of US-23 Through Early Friday Morning

Sep 28, 2017

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Motorists who travel eastbound 96 in Livingston County are in for a commuter headache this afternoon.  

Because a high-load truck struck the bridge there Wednesday afternoon, part of the bridge over the freeway now has to be demolished, according to Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson Kari Arend.

“So we can safely get eastbound 96 back open, we had our bridge engineers and inspectors on site right away yesterday, and they did determine to get that roadway re-open, we needed to demolish the bridge," says Arend.

That means all lanes of I-96 just east of US-23 are closed, and one lane westbound is also closed.  Two westbound lanes will be closed beginning at 7 o'clock tonight.

MDOT hopes to have the bridge demolished by 5am Friday morning and the freeway re-opened.

Suggested alternate routes include Spencer Road, Old US 23, and Grand River.

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