- To maximize safety for motorists and workers, MDOT is closing US-2/US-41/M-35 at the Escanaba River Nov. 28 for bridge work.
- Closing and detouring the highway provides motorists with the safest route possible through the area during this period. It also protects workers.
November 21, 2017 -- Eastbound and westbound US-2/US-41/M-35 is scheduled to be closed at the Escanaba River Nov. 28 for work on the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) bridge project.
The closure is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, and end at approximately 9 p.m. the same day. This closure is required to pour concrete for the new westbound highway bridge span. This work is weather dependent; Nov. 29 has been set as the alternate date.
The closure has been scheduled to allow continuous placement of concrete from the existing bridge deck, which will save approximately four days of construction time. The original schedule had concrete being placed on two separate days, with cure time in between. The contractor is working to switch traffic onto the new span in early December.
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. Motorists should be patient and expect delays.
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.
Parts of County Road 426 are closed to oversized loads. Drivers with oversized 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.
Project map: https://goo.gl/vsPcST