December 20, 2019 -- For public safety, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will close the Second Avenue overpass above I-94 in Detroit on Saturday morning. A bridge inspection conducted on Wednesday, Dec. 18, revealed advanced structural deterioration in the bridge supports, requiring all traffic to be prohibited from using the overpass.
Originally constructed in 1954, the Second Avenue bridge last underwent repairs in 2007 to ensure safe conditions for those using the bridge and freeway traffic below. However, further deterioration to the support structure and MDOT's commitment to public safety requires this decision. The overpass is scheduled to be replaced starting in February 2020 as part of the I-94 modernization project in Detroit.
During the closure, all vehicular traffic will be diverted to M-1 (Woodward Avenue) and pedestrians will use nearby Cass Avenue to cross over I-94.