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May 26 open house scheduled to discuss 2023 US-31 rebuilding, trail relocation in Alanson

GAYLORD, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will have an informational open house meeting to review plans for US-31 and M-68 in Alanson and Littlefield Township in Emmet County. This includes the relocation of portions of the Petoskey-to-Mackinaw Trail that will require a purchase of former railroad property by Littlefield Township.

Who: 
Community stakeholders
Local businesses
Interested residents
MDOT staff and contractors

When:
Thursday, May 26, 2022
4:30 - 6 p.m.

Where: 
Littlefield-Alanson Community Building
7631 US-31 North
Alanson, MI 49706

Accessibility:

Accommodations can be made for persons who require mobility, visual, hearing, written, or other assistance for participation. Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers are available upon request. Please contact Orlando Curry at 517-241-7462 or complete Form 2658 for American Sign Language (ASL) located on the Title VI webpage: www.Michigan.gov/MDOT/0,4616,7-151-9621_31783---,00.html. Requests should be made at least five days prior to the meeting date. Reasonable efforts will be made to provide the requested accommodation or an effective alternative, but accommodations may not be guaranteed.

Project information: 
MDOT plans to rebuild US-31 from Indiana Road to south of the northern Milton Road/US-31 intersection, and M-68 from US-31 to the Crooked River bridge in the village of Alanson and Littlefield Township. This project will include sidewalk improvements, traffic signal improvements, access management changes to driveways and intersections along the route, streetscape improvements, carpool lot paving, and drainage improvements. 

Littlefield Township is also in the process of purchasing the former railroad property for a permanent relocation of the Petoskey-to-Mackinaw Trail between Blumke Road and Terrace Street. The project plan also includes closing Chicago Street between US-31 and Milton Street and extending Bonz Street to the US-31/Pine Street intersection; this would require MDOT to purchase a portion of Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) property. 

Work is currently expected to begin in March 2023 and continue through the 2023 construction season. This project will require two detours for US-31 traffic: one on River Street, Banwell Road, Milton Street, and M-68, and a second on Milton Street, Powers Road and North Conway Road. Temporary widening with traffic shifts also will be used.