Murchie Bridge project to start early due to good weather

Contact: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications,
 LakeJ1@michigan.gov
906-250-0993
Agency: Transportation

COUNTY:
Grand Traverse

HIGHWAY:                         
US-31/M-72 (Grandview Parkway)

CLOSEST CITY:                 
Traverse City                                  

ESTIMATED STARTING DATE:
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

ESTIMATED COMPLETION DATE:
Friday, June 9, 2017

PROJECT:                           
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $1.5 million to make deck repairs, replace bearings and paint the US-31/M-72 (Grandview Parkway) bridges over the Boardman River, known as the Murchie Bridge. Originally scheduled to begin Feb. 27, the start date has been moved forward to take advantage of anticipated good weather next week. The project is scheduled to be completed before June 9.

Project map: http://bit.ly/2llFXi7

TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS:                     
During construction, one side of the bridge will be closed at a time with traffic shifted to two open lanes. Traffic will be shifted at the Front Street and Cass Street intersections. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. At Front Street, westbound traffic going downtown will use the left lane; westbound traffic continuing on Grandview Parkway will use the right lane. The TART Trail, which crosses the Murchie Bridge, will be detoured on city streets during construction.