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Detour for Portage Lake Lift Bridge project starts May 15

HOUGHTON, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $4.3 million in repair work on the US-41/M-26 Portage Lake Lift Bridge between the cities of Houghton and Hancock. Work includes replacement of elevators and installing false decking under a bridge span.



Closest cities:
Houghton, Hancock

Start date:
Monday, May 15, 2023

Estimated end date:
October 2024

Traffic restrictions:
During the false decking project work will require a full closure and detour of the eastbound M-26 bypass from Hancock to Dollar Bay under the bridge. From May 15-18, and again May 22-25, eastbound M-26 traffic will follow a posted detour route through downtown Houghton. Motorists are advised to seek other routes. During other phases of the project, scheduled to begin in fall 2023, traffic on the bridge will be maintained using periodic lane closures.

Jobs numbers:
Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 52 jobs.

Safety benefit:
This repair project will help ensure continued safe and reliable operation of the bridge.

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