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Full I-94 closure in effect July 18-21: Map, detours, and more

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Full I-94 closure in effect July 18-21: Map, detours, and more

By TODAY'S TMJ4 Staff. CREATED Jul 9, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 18, 2014

I-94 will be completely closed in both directions between Highway 100 and U.S. 45 starting 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 18th and ending at 5:30 a.m. Monday, July 21st, as part of the Zoo Interchange project.

TODAY'S TMJ4 has compiled a list of resources for you to get through this closure headache-free.

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MILWAUKEE - The State Department of Transportation will have a full freeway closure on I-94 in both directions over Highway 100 as a part of the Zoo Interchange project. 

Here's what you need to know; starting at 11 p.m. Friday, July 18th I-94 in both directions will close at Highway 100.  If you are heading east, you'll be forced off at Moorland Road.  You can take either Blue Mound Road or Greenfield Avenue.  If you are heading west, you'll get off on either I-894 heading south or Highway 45 northbound. 
 
Mike Pyritz, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, accepted an invitation from TODAY'S TMJ4 to go up in Chopper 4 to explain what the state aims to accomplish.
 
"Reconstructing the Zoo Interchange is one of the very largest public works projects undertaken in this state's history," Pyritz said during the aerial tour.
 
An existing Highway 100 overpass will come down.
 
"You can see the west span that's remaining on Highway 100," Pyritz explained.  "We will be demolishing that span, taking it down during the course of the closure."
 
Workers are also preparing to install a new Union Pacific Railroad bridge.
 
"That's where we will be placing the steel that will support the railroad bridge," Pyritz described.  "You can see a number of cranes that are already staged for the work that will be going on."
 
It is expected to be a well-choreographed, round-the-clock operation for up to 54 hours starting late Friday night.
 
"The crews are going to be changing shifts to make sure we keep fresh people in there and they get to keep working very aggressively," Pyritz said.