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Temporary repairs, utility relocation for M-119 washout in Harbor Springs continue

GAYLORD, Mich. – Following utility relocations, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will make additional temporary repairs to stabilize the slope beneath a section of M-119 in Harbor Springs in the coming weeks in preparation for a permanent fix.

M-119 is currently closed to through-traffic between Harrison Street and State Street while DTE Energy relocates a section of gas main in the area. Through-traffic is detoured on State Street and Lake Street; local traffic can still access residences within the closure.

Following that work, MDOT crews plan to remove some of the M-119 pavement in the vicinity of the washout, replacing portions of the roadbed to stabilize the slope and protect against further erosion. The work continues efforts to repair a washout during a storm event in September 2022, which undermined the pavement and guardrail supports in the area.

Following completion of this work, the southbound lane of M-119 will remain closed, but the northbound lane will be reopened for northbound M-119 traffic. Southbound traffic will remain detoured on State Street and Lake Street until a permanent repair can be made.

Permanent repair of the erosion will likely involve a retaining wall. MDOT is currently pursuing an easement on adjoining property needed for the repairs, and repairs will be completed once the easement is acquired.

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