US-2 relocation, Epoufette
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will relocate 1.4 miles of US-2 just west of the Cut River Bridge, moving the roadway up to 350 feet north, away from the Lake Michigan shoreline. Due to sinkholes related to the area’s geography, the roadway is settling. Relocation of US-2 will ensure that safety and mobility are maintained for this important Upper Peninsula Corridor. Ground movement monitoring equipment will ensure safe travel until the newly realigned roadway is open to traffic. The project was planned for 2021 but was rescheduled to 2020 when evidence showed accelerated movement of the existing slope and pavement.
Most of the work will take place off the current highway alignment. The construction stages to tie the new alignment in with the old will be scheduled for Labor Day or later in order to minimize impact on the motoring public. During the tie-in phases, one alternating lane will be open via a traffic signal.
Relocating US-2 away from the Lake Michigan shoreline will address potential slope and pavement failure, improving the long-term safety and mobility of the US-2 corridor.