End of detour sign along Wstbound I-94 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI – One lane of westbound I-94 is closed Thursday afternoon so crews can cover exposed drain holes.
Two drain covers are breaking, which could leave open holes in traffic lane on westbound I-94 in Kalamazoo County, Michigan Department of Transportation Communications Representative Nick Schirripa said.
The drains are grates on the outside left-hand lane where traffic is crossing the freeway over the median where a wall was removed for construction at the edge of the Sprinkle Road project, he said. The closure is in the left lane of I-94 is west of Portage Road, behind Loy Norrix High School, Schirripa said.
Normally there’s very little traffic over the drains, but the traffic shift caused the grates to wear faster, leading to the replacement need, he said.
The closure started around 12:45 p.m., Oct. 20 and is expected to take a couple hours. It should be done before people start heading home from work, he said.
“We’ll get in, get it done and get out of the way,” Schirripa said.
The replacement drains are to make sure no one drives into exposed drains, he said.
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