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US-31 Manistee River bascule repairs, upgrades begin June 15

GAYLORD, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $12.6 million to make repairs and upgrades to the US-31 bascule bridge over the Manistee River in Manistee. The project will include replacing portions of the bridge deck, upgrading the bridge’s mechanical and electrical systems, repairing and painting the bridge’s structural steel, and improving the bridge approaches.



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Start date:
Thursday, June 15, 2023

Estimated end date:
Late April 2024

Traffic restrictions:
Drivers should expect lane closures and traffic shifts when work begins June 15. Future traffic restrictions will include:

  • US-31 traffic will be closed and detoured July 10 to Sept. 15, 2023, and Jan. 2 to March 25, 2024. Northbound US-31 traffic will detour on 1st Street, Maple Street, and Memorial Drive; southbound US-31 will detour on Monroe Street, Maple Street, and 1st Street. Truck traffic will detour on M-55 and Stronach Road.
  • Lane closures with traffic shifts will resume from Sept. 15 to Oct. 30, 2023.
  • Marine traffic will be closed Dec. 1, 2023, to March 25, 2024.

Jobs numbers:
Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 152 jobs.

Safety benefit:
This work will improve the driving surface of the bridge, improve reliability of the bridge’s operation, and extend the life of the structure.

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