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New Ontonagon River Bridge to open Oct. 11Contact: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-786-1830, ext. 321Agency: Transportation
October 10, 2006 - - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will open the new Ontonagon River Bridge on M-64 Ontonagon on Wednesday, Oct. 11, now that all of the railing has been installed and pavement markings are complete.
Opening of the new bridge that spans the Ontonagon River, originally anticipated the first week of September, was pushed back due to a delay in delivery of the necessary railings. The railing was installed as each section was delivered.
Contractors also relocated a flashing traffic signal from the US-45/M-38 intersection to the new M-64/US-45/M-38 intersection. Traffic on US-45 will now be required to stop for traffic on the new route at M-64 and M-38. Concrete pavement repairs on US-45 (River Street) will begin shortly, and should be complete this fall.
Once the new bridge is open, the contractor will begin removal of the Ontonagon River swing bridge. The 60-year-old bridge was replaced due to operational problems.
"The contractor plans to work long days and into late fall, if need be, to remove the old bridge," said Mike Premo, MDOT's Crystal Falls Transportation Service Center manager. "Their goal is to complete removal yet this year, depending on the weather."
This $27 million project continues a commitment by MDOT and the Granholm administration to create jobs, improve quality of life, and provide the highest quality integrated transportation services for Michigan residents and businesses.
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