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US-2 Bessemer rebuilding project resumes May 31

CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), in partnership with the city of Bessemer, is investing about $9.9 million to rebuild 2.7 miles of US-2 from Powdermill Creek to east of Cedar Avenue through the city of Bessemer. The work will include reconfiguring lanes to add a center left-turn lane, storm sewer improvements, and city sanitary sewer and water main replacements. This project includes a five-year materials and workmanship pavement warranty.



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Start date:
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Estimated end date:
October 2022

Traffic restrictions:
A one-way detour of US-2 traffic will be in place during the work. From May 31 until late August, eastbound US-2 will be detoured onto city streets. Eastbound US-2 traffic will be directed south onto Mill Street, then east on Galena Street, south on Moore Street, east on Longyear Street, north on Peck Street, and back to US-2. Clayberg Street will provide an intermediate route for traffic to circle back to westbound US-2.

From July 5 to mid-August, westbound US-2 will be detoured north onto Case Street, west onto Iron Street, south onto Mine Street, and then back to US-2.

Jobs numbers:
Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 126 jobs.

Safety benefit:
This work will extend the lifespan of the roadway and result in a smoother driving surface and increased safety for motorists and pedestrians. Studies have shown a center left-turn lane can reduce crashes.

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