DELAYS AHEAD: Truck hits overpass over I-96 near Brighton, bridge rebuild needed

UPDATE (8:10 a.m.) – The Michigan Department of Transportation has detailed the time frame for demolition of the bridge over I-96 east of Brighton damaged by a truck last night.

The following is the schedule for the demolition of the Pleasant Valley Road bridge over eastbound I-96 in Livingston County, just east of US-23.

– Currently all three lanes of eastbound I-96 are closed just east of US-23 and will remain closed until demolition and clean up is complete.
In addition, there will be a double lane closure between Grand River Avenue and Spencer Road on eastbound I-96 starting at 6 p.m. tonight.

– There will be a double lane closure on westbound I-96, east of Pleasant Valley Road, starting at 7 p.m.

– And the following ramps will be closed tonight starting at 6 p.m. with a detour posted: southbound US-23 ramp to eastbound I-96 and the northbound US-23 ramp to eastbound I-96.

All traffic is expected to reopen, including eastbound I-96, by 5 a.m. on Friday, September 29.

Pleasant Valley Road over I-96 will remain closed for approximately 6 months until the new structure can be built.

BRIGHTON, Mich (WLNS) – If your morning commute takes you to the Brighton area be aware that just one eastbound lane on I-96 is open after a semi truck took out the Pleasant Valley Road overpass Wednesday evening.

The photo shows some of the damage to the bridge which is just east of Brighton.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the bridge will need to be demolished and rebuilt.

Open bids are currently being taken for the project to get the highway back open as soon as possible.

You can expect backups in the area until work is complete.

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