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PHOTOS: Governor Whitmer Visits M-185 Project on Mackinac Island


May 28, 2021  



PHOTOS: Governor Whitmer Visits M-185 Project on Mackinac Island 


Lansing, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited the M-185 construction project oMackinac Island to observe the work being done to address shoreline damage along M-185. As a result of sustained climate change, record high water levels combined with strong winds and waves caused millions of dollars of damage to M-185The M-185 construction project will prevent the shoreline from further erosion, preserving the public infrastructure and natural beauty of Mackinac Island.  


"Mackinac Island is known as one of Michigan's most treasured destinations," said Governor Whitmer. "It's a prime example of how our environment, infrastructure, and economy are inextricably linked. That's why it is crucial we take action to combat climate change to protect our planet, people, and infrastructure from further damage. This project will benefit Michiganders and tourists alike who want to visit our great state and support our economy. 


The M-185 project is a $6 million investment that would rebuild and improve four miles along the island perimeterThis project is estimated to be completed in October 2021. Regardless of current or predicted lake levels, MDOT will continue to actively monitor water levels and respond to specific locations affecting the state transportation network.