US-31 detour in Petoskey expected to end next week

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

June 13, 2019 -- The detour of northbound US-31 traffic on city streets in Petoskey is expected to end next week, roughly two weeks ahead of schedule.

Contractors for this Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project are continuing reconstruction on US-31 between the Mitchell Street Bridge and Fairview Avenue. The detour is tentatively expected to end on Monday, June 17, but that schedule is weather and construction progress dependent.

Work has reached a point that will allow contractors to restore one lane of traffic in each direction on US-31. Construction will continue, with lane closures and traffic shifts.

"We're pleased that our contractor, DJ McQuestion & Sons, has made such great progress that we can lift the detour early," said MDOT Gaylord Transportation Service Center (TSC) Construction Engineer Brad Swanson. "We know the detour has been an inconvenience, and we appreciate everyone's patience to this point."

This work is part of an $11.2 million project to reconstruct about 1.3 miles of US-31 in the city of Petoskey from the Mitchell Street Bridge to Fairview Avenue. The work includes realigning a portion of the highway away from the bluff area between Winter Park Lane and Fairview Avenue, construction of a retaining wall, drainage improvements, sanitary sewer and watermain replacement, and traffic signal upgrades. View the project map on Mi Drive.

The project is expected to be completed by late September.