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Portage Lake Lift Bridge lane closures next week

HOUGHTON, Mich. - Contractors for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will continue work requiring lane closures and full traffic closures of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock next week.

Motorists should expect closures of the outside northbound and southbound lanes on the bridge Monday through Friday. Some full traffic closures of up to 10 minutes may be required for bridge moves at non-peak traffic times during the day. Some full traffic closures of up to 15 minutes may be done at night for bridge moves between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. These bridge movements will result in delays for vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic.

The lane and traffic closures will allow for curb work on the lower bridge deck and testing of the electrical systems. 

This work is part of the ongoing repair project (expected to be completed in early June) to help ensure continued safe and reliable operation of the bridge.