MDOT makes construction changes for July 4th holiday

The Michigan Department of Transportation is suspending as much work as possible from 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, until 6 a.m. Thursday, July 5, to make travel easier and safer for motorists.

MDOT says normal construction lane restrictions will be in place on the weekends before and after the July Fourth holiday: June 29 – July 1, and July 6 – 8.

MDOT will lift traffic restrictions on 100 of 155 projects statewide. Those will begin at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and continue until 6 a.m. Thursday, July 5, MDOT will suspend construction wherever possible on state roads and bridges. However, normal construction lane restrictions will be in place on the weekends before and after the July Fourth holiday: June 29 – July 1, and July 6 – 8.

“We urge all motorists to drive with caution through work zones during this busy summer holiday weekend,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Be sure to plan ahead, buckle up, and put the cell phone away while driving so everyone gets to their destination safely.”

Motorists also are encouraged to regularly check MDOT’s popular Mi Drive traffic Web site (www.michigan.gov/drive) for traffic incident alerts, live traffic Web cams, and additional construction information.

Over the Fourth of July holiday, the following 55 work zones will have active lane restrictions in place in the Upper Peninsula:

– I-75, Chippewa County, will have one lane of traffic open in each direction between M-28 and 3 Mile Road. Vehicles over 11 feet wide are prohibited.

– M-26 in Tamarack City, Houghton County, will have a traffic shift and one lane of traffic open in each direction.

– US-2 near Nahma, Delta County, will have a traffic shift at the Sturgeon River bridge.

– US-2, Delta County, will have a temporary traffic signal at the railroad overpass east of Rapid River.

– US-2 in Iron River, Iron County, will be detoured on city streets.

– US-2/US-41 north of Gladstone, Delta County, will have one lane of traffic open in each direction on the bridges over the CN Railroad.

– US-41, Marquette County, will have a traffic shift and one lane open in each direction between the Michigan Welcome Center in Harvey and the Carp River in Marquette.

– US-41/M-28 in Marquette, Marquette County, will have one lane of traffic open in each direction under the Champion Street bridge; the bridge is closed.

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