US-31 reconstruction north of Pellston complete about three weeks early

Contact: James Lake, MDOT Office of Communications
Agency: Transportation

Safety benefits:
- This project includes a restored, safe and smooth driving surface, curve realignment, roadside obstruction clearing, shoulder paving, and shoulder rumblestrip installation.

October 6, 2017 -- Originally scheduled for completion by Oct. 24, the reconstruction of US-31 between Pellston and Levering is largely complete.

The $5 million Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project, which started in April, included reconstructing 4.2 miles of US-31, replacing large culverts, and realigning a curve south of Ball Road. The highway was under detour to through-traffic until late August, with single-lane traffic maintained under flag control since then.

"A combination of lots of hard work by our staff and our contractor, D.J. McQuestion & Sons, and good weather when we needed it allowed us to finish up ahead of schedule," said Ben Gowell, construction engineer at MDOT's Gaylord Transportation Service Center (TSC). "We appreciate everyone's patience through construction and the detour."

Emmet County Engineer-Manager Brian Gutowski also thanked residents of northern Emmet County and McKinley Township for their patience, as well as the project's construction crews for their work.

"I appreciate the timeliness of MDOT and the contractor completing the project ahead of schedule," Gutowski said. "I compliment the cooperation and responsiveness of the Gaylord MDOT staff with the detour for the project and work that will improve drainage in the Village of Van."

The project also included some resurfacing work and other improvements on Levering Road in both Emmet and Cheboygan counties, which was used as a portion of the detour route. During much of the construction, through-traffic was detoured on M-68 from Alanson to Indian River, I-75 from Indian River to Exit 326, and Levering Road from I-75 to Levering.