Traffic shift at US-2 Escanaba River Bridge set for December 9th

DELTA COUNTY — Eastbound and westbound traffic on US-2/US-41/M-35 at the Escanaba River will be switched onto the new bridge span on December 9th beginning at 1:00 p.m. The switch is required to allow demolition and reconstruction of the previous eastbound highway bridge span, which will begin this winter. 

Westbound traffic will be moved onto the new span first. Eastbound traffic will be switched onto the new span after a temporary barrier wall is put in place. There will be one lane open in each direction. 

The new deck will provide a less constricted traffic flow. Vehicles in the construction zone will be restricted to 12-feet in width and vehicles that are over-width will continue to be prohibited. Drivers with oversized loads should contact the Delta County Road Commission at (906)786-3200 to determine the most appropriate route.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is currently working with the Delta County Road Commission to implement a strategic winter maintenance plan to respond to winter events and maintain the safest work zone possible.

This is part of MDOT’s work on the Escanaba River Bridge project. 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.