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Lane closures on US-23 Connector for bridge painting in Arenac County start March 22

BAY CITY, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin bridge painting on the Melita Road overpass, spanning the US-23 Connector in Arenac County. This work is part of an overall $37 million investment to resurface 6.4 miles of US-23 from I-75 to Grove Street in the city of Standish, including repairs to 19 bridges.

Funding for this project is made possible by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's Rebuilding Michigan program to rebuild the state highways and bridges that are critical to the state's economy and carry the most traffic. The investment strategy is aimed at fixes that result in longer useful lives and improves the condition of the state's infrastructure.


US-23 Connector
Melita Road

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Start date:
Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Estimated end date:
Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Traffic restrictions:
This work will require single-lane and shoulder closures on the US-23 Connector through April 12. Melita Road over the US-23 Connector will also have a shoulder closure expected in place through April 19.

Jobs numbers:
Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support nearly 470 jobs.

Safety benefit:
This remaining bridge work will provide additional protection to the Melita Road overpass, placing a protective paint barrier on the infrastructure, helping to prevent corrosion and extend the life of the structure.

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