LANSING – Part of a major Lansing thoroughfare will be closed entirely this weekend so crews can fix crumbling concrete.

All northbound lanes of U.S. 127 will be closed between Interstate 496 and Lake Lansing Road beginning at 9 p.m. Friday and continuing until 7 a.m. Monday, the Michigan Department of Transportation said.

“By closing it entirely, we think we can get it all done in one weekend if the weather cooperates,” MDOT spokeswoman Kari Arend said.

“We ask that people plan extra time if they are traveling through the area this weekend and consider an alternate route based on their destination.”

Drivers entering northbound U.S. 127 from eastbound I-496 and Trowbridge Road will be able to bypass the work zone using Homer Street and the Kalamazoo Street ramp, MDOT said. They’ll be able to get back onto the freeway at the Grand River Avenue ramp using the right auxiliary lane, the agency said.

But northbound traffic coming from south of I-496 will have to make a loop around the west side of Lansing, using westbound I-496, northbound Interstate 96 and eastbound Interstate 69 to return to northbound U.S. 127.