US-2 Escanaba River Bridge Replacement, Delta County

Start: April 2017     End: July 2019
Investment: $20.5 million 
What Is Being Done?

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is replacing both the US-2 bridge over the Escanaba River and the 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.

Due to weather conditions, work on the project has been suspended for the season. Lead-in work is expected to resume on the bridge in May, weather permitting, with paving scheduled to begin June 1. The project is expected to be completed in early July.

How Will Traffic Be Affected?

​In order to minimize detouring traffic, one lane of traffic will be open in each direction for the majority of the project. The southbound half of the bridge will be built in 2017 and the northbound half in 2018.

An estimated seven total days of detours will be needed during the project. The 9.5-mile detour route includes Delta County roads 426, 420, and 531, and M-35. Detours will be coordinated with the county road commission, with advance notice provided.

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-Thursday to determine the most appropriate route.

Alternative route for trucks with oversized loads.

Additional Information:

E&LS Railroad Bridge, Escanaba
The highway bridge was constructed in 1929 and widened in 1956. It is considered functionally obsolete, meaning not up to current standards. The new bridge will have improved vertical and horizontal alignment. Some of the existing ''dip'' in the roadway will be eliminated.

The new bridge will be 37 feet wider to accommodate wider shoulders and a pedestrian path. The railroad bridge will be moved to the south, away from the river, creating better sightlines.

US-2 Bridge Replacement Flyer PDF icon

Update: July 5 US-2 Escanaba River Bridge closure, detour postponed
US-2 Escanaba River Bridge closure, detour set for July 5-6
US-2 Escanaba River Bridge traffic shift set for Dec. 9
US-2 Escanaba River Bridge closure, detour rescheduled for Sept. 5-8​
MDOT meeting to discuss US-2/US-41/M-35 bridge replacement project over the Escanaba River

Contact Us:

Crystal Falls Transportation Service Center, 906-875-6644
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