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Updated: Eastbound I-94 could be closed until Monday on west side of Ann Arbor after semi hits overpass

UPDATED (3/14/23 - 7 p.m.) Eastbound I-94 on the west side of Ann Arbor will likely not be re-opened until Monday. The highway is closed from M-14 to Ann Arbor-Saline Road after a semi crashed into the Liberty Road overpass.

That stretch of highway has been closed since Monday morning when a lift device was extended on the back of a semi and struck the overpass. No injuries were reported.

Traffic is being detoured off at M-14, and drivers can take southbound US-23 to get back to I-94. The on-ramp to Eastbound I-94 from Jackson Road also remains closed.

Traffic is not able to cross the overpass on Liberty Road in between Liberty Pointe Drive and Towne Road. Examination of the damage shows that one of the beams on the bridge will need to be replaced.

Aaron Jenkins is a spokesperson with MDOT.

“This is something that happens too often. but we do have plans in place. We’ll have contractors come in and make a bid and then once the bid is accepted, we’ll go ahead and have them start working on it. and. hopefully, we can have this done in just a few days.”

The bids were submitted this afternoon and once a contractor has been selected, the earliest work could begin is Wednesday night. When work begins, the westbound side of the highway will be closed for a few hours during the early morning hours.

Residents using public transportation should be aware of temporary changes to bus routes as a result of the closures.

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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