Work on the M-1 Rail will shut down I-94 in Detroit this weekend between I-75 and M-10 (the Lodge Freeway). The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced the closure today, with a press release saying that the shutdown will start at 9 p.m. Friday, August 21 and continue til 5 a.m. Monday, August 24. The closures are necessary because steel beams for the Woodward Ave overpass over the freeway need work to make them M-1 ready. Though these closures can be a pain, the M-1 is really starting to take shape, and Curbed's photographers captured a nice set of exclusive images of the work as it begins to look more like light rail and less like an urban hellscape (at least in a few select spots).
Detours will take motorists headed west on I-94 motorists to I-375 South (Chrysler Freeway), I-75 South (Fisher Freeway) I-96 West and then back to I-94 West. Work on the M-1 will continue for at least another full year. The nearly 7-mile loop is expected to be operational by 2017.
·M1 FAQ [M-1 Rail]
·Explore the Entire Route of Detroit's Future Streetcar Line [Curbed Detroit]
·M-1 Rail delays streetcar passenger service until spring 2017 [Crain's Detroit Business]