MDOT’s bridge project to bring road closures next Tuesday

DELTA COUNTY — All northbound and southbound traffic on US-2, US-41 and M-35 will be closed at the Escanaba River next Tuesday, October 31st.

The closure is required for crews to work on the Michigan Department of Transportation’s bridge project. The crews will be placing beams for the new highway bridge.

The closure will begin at 10:00 a.m. on October 31st and will end at approximately midnight the same day. Motorists should be patient and expect delays.

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

To accommodate traffic and reduce conflicts along the detour route, Delta County Road 420 will be closed to through-traffic at the east leg of the intersection with Delta County Road 531. Also, Rivers 22nd Road will be open to eastbound traffic only between Delta County Road 531 and M-35.

Law enforcement will be present at intersections along the detour route to improve traffic flow and reduce backups. Below is a picture of the detour route, courtesy of MDOT.

Parts of County Road 426 are closed to over-sized loads. Drivers with over-sized loads should contact the Delta County Road Commission at 906-786-3200 Monday through Thursday to determine the most appropriate route.

MDOT is investing $20.5 million to replace both the US-2 bridge over the Escanaba River and the Escanaba and Lake Superior (E&LS) Railroad bridge over US-2. This two-year project will also include reconstructing and realigning 0.8 miles of roadway and replacing 3,000 feet of E&LS Railroad track.

Click HERE to view a map of the project.