- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan officials are planning a nearly $2 billion reconstruction project for a stretch of Interstate 94 in Detroit.

The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1T7i9HM ) the Michigan Department of Transportation said Monday that construction will start in 2019, with some bridge construction being done through 2018. About 81 percent of the funding is expected to come from the federal government.

The project includes the full reconstruction of 6.7 miles of I-94 between Conner and I-96, including rebuilding 67 overpasses. MDOT says there are structural issues with overpasses and interchanges that cannot handle 2015 volumes as well as other infrastructure issues.

MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi says the work has been moved “to the top of our priority list.” Project open houses are planned.

The original freeway was built between 1947 and 1959.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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