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I-94 at Warren reopens after buckling pavement

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Big backups greeted commuters on I-94 Thursday when MDOT shut down the highway to work on a section of the road that buckled. As of Friday morning, though, that stretch of road has been reopened.

While the road was closed, Fox 2 wanted to know what crews were doing to fix it and if the highway have been reopened at all.

"The pavement repair is because we now have some buckling in the roadway," said MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross. "Crews are going to be taking care of that. We expect that maybe it should go into the late night hours."

When safety is involved it's a question worth asking -  are the roads safe to drive? Just days ago Detroit's most traveled highways were under water - several feet high in some cases. First the rain came down a record-breaking 5 inches and then, in some cases, mudslides when water from an embankment eroded from the flood and spilled on to I-75.

To our delight MDOT crews worked tirelessly to get the city moving, repairing failed pumping stations, clearing debris, and evaluating the structural integrity of the roads. And 48 hours after the storm of the century, drivers were back on their regular routes.

"We only open a roadway when it is safe," Cross said. "If we thought it was unsafe we would not have opened the road."

"Safety is always first for us and only when we felt comfortable when all of that water mud and abandoned cars, and all of that was off the road ... we wanted to make sure they were safe to reopen."

So far none of the other re-opened highways are slated to be closed again. Cross says MDOT crews do constant maintenance on the roads.

The buckling on I-94 could have been caused by the influx of cars on the road after the flooding -- or been in the works for months as general wear and tear.

"We had a record-breaking winter like we've never had before," Cross said. "Therefore we also had a record-breaking spring of potholes and we now had a record-breaking rainfall.

"So our roads are in need of help and we could use that money, until we can get money for long-term funding we can only do the best we can, year to year."


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