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First came the ramp closures, and now the northbound overpass of I-94 at Highway 20 will be demolished starting this week.

Work gets underway Wednesday so Washington Avenue will close in both directions underneath the overpass from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Demolition work continues Saturday as well, and drivers should expect Highway 20 to close again in both directions from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m.

“Travelers can utilize 58th Road and the frontage roads as their detour routes to get around the overnight full closures on WIS 20 under I-94,” the state Department of Transportation I-94 project page reads.

Northbound traffic will be diverted into the southbound lanes, utilizing the shoulders so there are two lanes of traffic in each direction. That configuration will stretch from midway between the Highways 11 and 20 exits to just north of Highway C, and drivers should expect it to remain this way at least until sometime this fall.

Travelers should also expect additional ramp closures, noise and dust.

The I-94 Freeway Project will cost $1.9 billion; stretches from the Marquette Interchange to the Wisconsin-Illinois state line; and widens 35 miles of expressway to four lanes in each direction and improves 17 interchanges.

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