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MACKINAC COUNTY, MI--   The reopening of the Cut River Bridge on US-2 in Mackinac County has been delayed four weeks. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation has been performing structural steel repairs, painting, and expansion joint repairs. It was supposed to reopen September 15, but contractors encountered more deteriorated steel than originally anticipated. That meant adding work, along with delays for fabrication.

Eastbound and westbound US-2 remains closed at the Cut River Bridge. The detour route is about 3.6 miles.

BESSEMER, MI--   A Wakefield man has been killed in a traffic accident in Bessemer. 

The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Thursday afternoon on US-2 near Fairview Drive. Deputies say Rex Smith, 41, of Wakefield was eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle and spun into the westbound lanes. He hit a vehicle driven by Alvin Liikanen, 86, of Ironwood.

Liikanen and his 87-year-old passenger Barbara Liikanen were taken to Aspirus Ironwood Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

MENOMINEE, MI--   A high-speed chase that started in Menominee County ended in an arrest in Delta County Monday. 

Around 12:50 a.m. Delta County deputies responded to assist Menominee County deputies involved in a pursuit. It started in Mellen Township, south of Stephenson, and continued on US-2 toward Delta County.

Deputies deployed “stop sticks” in the area of US-2 and County Road 557. After a tire on the suspect vehicle deflated the vehicle pulled over and its occupants were taken into custody.

UPDATE:  The driver of the Ford pickup, Carl Patrick McBroom, 34, of Vulcan, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Acadia, Donald Joseph LeBombard, 66, of Vulcan, was pronounced dead on arrival at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. The passenger in the Acadia, Sheryl Ann LeBombard, 61, is in stable condition at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI.

The driver of the Chevy Impala, Troy Anthony Turini, 33, of Vulcan and his 3-year-old daughter were not injured.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   A motorcyclist from Charlevoix has died from injuries sustained in a crash with a vehicle in Garden Township earlier this month. 

Troopers from the Gladstone Post say on June 17 Robert Sjoholm, 68, was driving his bike eastbound on US-2 near Garden Corners. He hit a car driven by a 20-year-old Baraga woman who was trying to turn westbound onto the highway from 0.25 Road.

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   A Menominee woman has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Delta County.

The Sheriff’s office says the crash happened Sunday on US-2 near Y.25 Road. The rider was westbound when she lost control of her motorcycle and became separated from it. The victim was not wearing a helmet and sustained severe head injuries. She was airlifted to UPHS-Marquette, where she later died.

Masonville EMTs, the National Forest Service, Ensign Fire, and Valley Med Flight assisted at the scene.

MORAN TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   A major bridge repair project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is closing a stretch of U.S. 2 through the summer. 

State highway officials say the 3.6-mile highway closure in Mackinac County's Moran Township started Wednesday. It's prompted by $4.8 million in repairs to the Heath M. Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge.

Work includes structural and expansion joint repairs as well as painting.

The closing and detour are expected to last until September, and the project is set to be finished in November.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   Monday marks the beginning of work on the US-2/US-141 junction in Quinnesec. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says it will reconstruct the junction to eliminate a grassy median in favor of a standard five-lane highway. The project also includes reducing the steep grade of US-2 heading toward Iron Mountain and reconstructing US-141 from the junction to just south of the railroad viaduct. 

M-DOT will make drainage improvements, traffic signal upgrades, and pavement markings.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   A woman has been killed in a two-vehicle accident in Mackinac County.

State Police from the St. Ignace Post say it happened on US-2 just west of St. Ignace around 8:15 Thursday morning. Troopers say the driver of an eastbound minivan crossed the centerline of the snow-covered, icy road and hit a westbound pickup truck.

The driver of the minivan was taken to Straits Area Hospital, where she died of her injuries. The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries.

A portion of US-2 was closed while investigators processed the scene.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   An Iron River man is going to trial for causing a serious accident on US-2 last month.

Theodore Tschannen, 63, is accused of exiting his driveway and hitting a vehicle that was westbound on the 

highway. The Watersmeet woman who was driving the vehicle was severely injured.

Tschannen is charged with operating while intoxicated, causing serious injury; operating with a high blood alcohol content, third offense; and open intoxicants, a misdemeanor.

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