US-2 Cut River bridge project reopening delayed to Oct. 18

Contact: Dan Weingarten, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-4809
Agency: Transportation

Sept. 14, 2018 -- The ongoing $4.8 million Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project to repair the Heath M. Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge on US-2 in Mackinac County is running behind schedule. It's now anticipated the planned reopening of the bridge to traffic will be delayed by four weeks.

The detour currently in place was set to be lifted Sept. 15, but the bridge is now expected to be reopened to traffic on Oct. 18.

Eastbound and westbound US-2 remains closed at the bridge. Eastbound traffic will be detoured on Prater Boulevard to Cut River Road and back to US-2. The detour will be reversed for westbound traffic. The detour route is approximately 3.6 miles. Commercial vehicles are encouraged to detour using I-75, M-123, M-28, and M-117.

"During the project, our contractor encountered more deteriorated steel than initially anticipated," explained Dawn Gustafson, manager of the Newberry Transportation Service Center (TSC). "This meant adding more work, along with delays for fabrication. MDOT and the contractors, Seaway Painting and Anlaan Corp., are making every effort to expedite the remaining work. We ask for everyone's patience as we finish this project and get the bridge reopened to traffic."

The work involves structural steel repairs, painting, and expansion joint repairs. The project includes a three-year sandstone restoration warranty and a two-year bridge coating warranty.