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Detour route paving, traffic signal installation starts Sept. 5 ahead of 2024 US-31/M-72 rebuilding project in Traverse City
August 23, 2023
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin detour route paving and traffic signal installation in advance of a 2024 project to rebuild US-31/M-72 (Front Street and Grandview Parkway) in Traverse City.
Work this fall includes:
- Installation of a temporary traffic signal at the Railroad Avenue/East Front Street intersection, removal of a portion of the center median at Grandview Parkway, and temporary paving at the north end of Railroad Avenue connecting it directly to Front Street.
- Removal of a portion of the center median island on Grandview Parkway at Division Street.
- Widening the turn radius at the Railroad Avenue/Eighth Street intersection for detour traffic, and installation of a temporary sidewalk ramp.
- Installation of a temporary traffic signal at the US-31 (Front Street)/Milliken Drive intersection.
- Installation of a temporary traffic signal at the Railroad Avenue/Washington Street intersection.
- Installation of advance warning and detour signs for 2024 work.
All detour signs and temporary traffic signals will be covered until next spring when construction begins.
US-31/M-72/M-37 (Front Street and Grandview Parkway)
Monday, Sept. 5, 2023
Estimated end date:
Drivers should expect lane closures, traffic shifts, and traffic regulators this fall.
Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support about 350 jobs.
MDOT is investing $24.7 million to rebuild 2.2 miles of US-31/M-72/M-37 (Front Street and Grandview Parkway) from Garfield Avenue to Division Street, including replacement of concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk and ramp upgrades, storm sewer improvements, and repairs to the Murchie Bridge over the Boardman River. In addition, the City of Traverse City is investing $3.5 million to replace underground water and wastewater utilities as part of the contract with Elmer’s Crane and Dozer, Inc.
The project is planned to be completed in two segments: Segment 1 (Garfield Avenue to Front Street) from March to July 2024, and Segment 2 (Front Street to Division Street) from July to November 2024, with a pause in work for the National Cherry Festival. Work during Segment 1 will require detours on city streets; work on Segment 2 will be completed part-width, with one lane open in each direction.
More information is available on the US-31/M-72 project website.