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MDOT public meeting March 21 to discuss rebuilding of M-26 Silver River bridge in Keweenaw County

EAGLE HARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) invites the public to discuss the upcoming project to rebuild the M-26 bridge over the Silver River between Eagle Harbor and Copper Harbor. People can attend in person or participate on Microsoft Teams. There will be a short presentation at 3 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer period.

MDOT staff and contractors  
Interested residents and business owners
Community stakeholders

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
3-4 p.m.

Eagle Harbor Township Office
321 Center St.
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950

Click here to join the meeting on Microsoft Teams
Meeting ID: 247 306 555 081
Passcode: VNdHTn

+1 248-509-0316, 700531177#  
Phone Conference ID: 700 531 177#

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: 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 invest about $2.9 million to remove and replace the M-26 bridge over the Silver River in Keweenaw County this summer. The bridge has had one lane closed since fall 2021 due to deterioration of one of the culvert's historic stone retaining walls. A new bridge is planned to be built beginning in April, with work expected to be completed in July.

The new concrete beam bridge will have a larger opening, spanning the entire natural stream bed. The roadway section of the bridge will also be wider, including 12-foot lanes and 8-foot shoulders, providing more space for bicyclists and pedestrians.

During the project, traffic will be detoured for approximately 10 weeks via a posted route on US-41. The M-26 closure will be just west of the western entrance to Brockway Drive, about 10 miles from Copper Harbor.

Throughout work, project detour and closure information will be posted on MDOT's Mi Drive website, and will also be shared on social media.

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