Planned Friday-Monday closure of Interstate 75 in downtown Detroit for rail project postponed

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DETROIT — Officials have postponed the weekend closing of a section of Interstate 75 downtown.

Crews had been scheduled to shut down I-75 between Interstate 375 and the Lodge Freeway Friday night through Monday morning for demolition work on the Woodward Avenue overpass.

M-1 Rail Chief Operating Officer Paul Childs says Friday that construction workers were preparing for the demolition when a "utility conflict was discovered."

Demolition on the southbound lanes of Woodward will be done at a later date.

The 3.3 mile, $140-million light rail will stretch along Woodward from the city's riverfront to its New Center area. It is scheduled for completion in late 2016 and is expected to spur economic and job growth along the Woodward corridor.

Construction on the light rail started in late July.

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