Michigan Department of Transportation

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation will conduct routine maintenance and testing of the Portage Lake lift bridge between Houghton and Hancock next week. 

The scheduled event will require bridge lifts and lane closures.

Evaluation of structural, mechanical, and electrical components on the bridge is set for Monday through Thursday. The work will require several brief bridge lifts, up to

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three small U.P. communities are getting grants to help fund road projects.

The money comes from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Community Service Infrastructure Fund. Successful projects were selected because they’re paired with planned infrastructure work, coordinated with other road agencies, focused on extending the useful life of the road, and lacked other funding sources.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting lane restrictions on most of its road and bridge projects for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. 

Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and continuing until 6 a.m. Tuesday 90 out of 131 projects statewide will have lane restrictions removed. While motorists will see suspended operations in most MDOT construction zones for the weekend, drivers are advised that equipment and certain traffic configurations may remain in place, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The resurfacing of 1.5 miles of US-2 in Iron Mountain starts Monday. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation will redo the section between Kent Street and Michigan Avenue. The $942,000 project is expected to be completed by June 14.

Road work on another portion of US-2 in the eastern U.P. also starts Monday. MDOT says 10.3 miles of US-2 from Gulliver to 1 mile east of the US-2/M-77 intersection in Schoolcraft County will be resurfaced.

The project will cost $2.6 million and is expected to finish June 21.

HANCOCK, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has approved a $756,136 loan to help repair flood-damaged streets in Hancock. 

The no-interest loan comes from the Michigan State Infrastructure Bank. The city will receive the funds on a five-year term and will repay it from its general fund. The loan will help Hancock meet its 20 percent match for Federal Highway Administration funds used to repair water-damaged roads.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Many of the roadside parks operated by the Michigan Department of Transportation in the Upper Peninsula will reopen Thursday, April 25.   

The following roadside parks will remain closed until later in the spring due to weather conditions. MDOT plans to reopen these parks in mid-May, weather permitting, unless otherwise noted:

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Work on a $10.9 million project to reconstruct US-41 in Marquette Township begins Monday. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation will tackle the segment between County Road 492 and Brickyard Road. The existing boulevard will be extended; a number of “Michigan lefts” will be created; and roundabouts will be placed at the Meijer gas station and at signaled intersections at Brickyard Road and near Walmart and Target.

Drivers should expect delays, lane closures and traffic shifts.

The project is expected to be completed by June of 2020.

BESSEMER, MI--   The main thoroughfare through Bessemer is being reduced to two lanes because of poor road conditions.

The Gogebic County Road Commission, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation, is restricting US-2 to one lane each way because of potholes and other damage. The shift will remain in effect until spring thaw conditions allow for more permanent repairs.

Officials are telling drivers to plan for traffic congestion and allow extra time to get through town.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is seeking public input as it develops a 25-year plan for the state. 

The "Michigan Mobility 2045" plan will seek to establish priorities for transportation. The development phase of the plan runs through April.

As part of MDOT's efforts, telephone town hall meetings will allow the agency to randomly dial as many as 10,000 landline phones per session and offer the public an opportunity to join a conference call, ask questions and express opinions. A survey and other efforts also will take place.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is awarding a grant to the Marquette County Road Commission to improve County Road 492. 

The $375,000 will come from the Transportation Economic Development Fund. It will be used to resurface the roadway and add left-turn lanes at the intersection of CR 492 and Forestville Road/Commerce Drive.

The total cost of construction is $500,000. The Road Commission will contribute $125,000.