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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

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:

All detour signs and temporary traffic signals will be covered until next spring when construction begins.

Grand Traverse

US-31/M-72/M-37 (Front Street and Grandview Parkway)

Closest city:
Traverse City

Start date:
Monday, Sept. 5, 2023

Estimated end date:
Mid-November 2023

Traffic restrictions:
Drivers should expect lane closures, traffic shifts, and traffic regulators this fall.

Jobs numbers:
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.

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