US-2 Bessemer Reconstruction
Investment: $8.8 million
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be reconstructing US-2 from the Powdermill Creek bridge west of Bessemer easterly to Old US-2 on the east side of Bessemer. The project will combine needed road work and storm sewer improvements with the city of Bessemer’s $1.6 million project to replace aging city sanitary sewer and water main.
During the first year of work, traffic will be maintained with lane shifts and temporary traffic signals to complete work between the Powdermill Creek bridge and Mill Street west of town, and between Peck Street and Old US-2 on the east side of town.
During year two, eastbound traffic will be detoured on city streets south of US-2 via Mill Street, Galena Street, South Moore Street, East Longyear Street, and Peck Street. Westbound traffic will remain on US-2 during reconstruction between Mill Street and Peck Street, except during a short-term detour using Case Street, Iron Street, and Mine Street to allow for work at the Moore Street and Sophie Street intersections.
As part of the project, the detour route will be upgraded prior to use and again after US-2 traffic returns to the trunkline.
Long-term benefits include improvements to vehicle and pedestrian safety and operations.