Fort Street Closure Could Last Three More Months

December 4, 2014

By Pat Batcheller

"It is, unfortunately, very possible and probable that it may end up even going into March."

MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross.

Fort Street has been closed between Miller Road and Powell in Southwest Detroit for almost a year-and-a-half. The Michigan Department of Transportation is replacing the 90-year-old drawbridge over the Rouge River. The project was supposed to be done by the end of December. But MDOT spokesperson Diane Cross tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller it could take another three months to finish. That leaves few options for drivers who wish to avoid I-75 over the Rouge this winter. The Jefferson Avenue bridge over the river has been closed since a barge hit it in May 2013. Wayne County says that project is in the design phase, and construction isn't scheduled to start until June 2015. Click on the audio links above to hear the conversation.