Michigan Department of Transportation

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.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for a resolution after road builders' lockout of union workers has slowed or halted work on more than 150 projects statewide. 

Snyder said Thursday the Michigan Department of Transportation and other agencies have limited legal authority because the dispute is between contractors and their employees. But he's asking for state Attorney General Bill Schuette's guidance on whether the situation is legally a labor dispute, which might allow MDOT to consider steps such as issuing penalties for late completion of roadwork.

ESCANABA, MI--   The northbound and southbound lanes of US-2/41 at the Escanaba River will be closed for bridge work on Monday. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the closure is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and end around 11 p.m. It’s required to place beams for the new bridge.

During the closure eastbound traffic will be detoured via County Roads 426, 420, and 531, and M-35. The detour will be reversed for westbound traffic.

The project is expected to be substantially completed in November.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has launched a new version of its construction and traffic information website for motorists. 

The department says the streamlined Mi Drive website is designed to make it easier to view traffic cameras and speeds, locate incidents and search construction projects.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has approved a $4 million loan to help fund repair of flood-damaged roads in Houghton County.

The no-interest loan comes from the Michigan State Infrastructure Bank. It requires approval by the State Administrative Board, and is scheduled to be reviewed at its July 17 meeting.

The Houghton County Road Commission would receive the money over five years. It would allow the commission to expedite numerous road projects to repair flood damage.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has requested emergency relief funds from the Federal Highway Administration to repair flood-damaged roads in the U.P. 

If granted, the funds would be used to fix federally supported state and local roads in Houghton, Gogebic, and Menominee counties. All three counties were declared disaster areas by Governor Rick Snyder last week after flash flooding destroyed roadways.

Jordan Beck / Daily Press

ESCANABA, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is closing US-2/41/M-35 over the Escanaba River for construction early next month. 

Both northbound and southbound lanes will be shut down July 5 and 6 to place beams for the new bridge. During the closure eastbound traffic will be detoured via County Roads 426, 420, and 531, and M-35. The detour will be reversed for westbound traffic.

The closure is set to begin July 5 at 10 a.m. and end around 6 a.m. on the 6.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has reopened M-26 after flooding in Houghton County forced several closures Sunday. Other partial and complete closures of state trunkline remain in effect as repair efforts continue:

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has partially reopened M-26 after flooding in Houghton County forced several closures Sunday.

Other partial and complete closures of state trunkline remain in effect as repair efforts continue:

ISHPEMING, MI--   A road construction project between Ishpeming and Negaunee starts Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the $1.6 million project includes the resurfacing of 4.2 miles of US-41 from Westwood Drive east to Water Street. Work will also include asphalt milling and resurfacing; joint repairs; curb, gutter, and guardrail replacement; shoulder rumble strips; and pavement markings.

The project will require lane closures with traffic shifts. A minimum of one lane will be open in each direction for the duration.

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