bridge reopen

CHAMPION, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has reopened a bridge on a snowmobile route in Marquette County. 

The bridge on Trail #8 was closed in mid-December after officials discovered a major support beam was cracked. The bridge is northwest of Champion along the former Clowry Railroad Grade.

Trail #8 is the main east-west snowmobile connector route in the Upper Peninsula. DNR staffers and the Moose Country Snowmobile Club worked to coordinate the bridge repairs. 

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

EWEN, MI--   The bridge over the South Branch of the Ontonagon River near Ewen is reopen.

The Department of Natural Resources closed the former railroad bridge in May to perform rehabilitation work. The $803,000 project included removal of the old bridge deck and wooden approach abutments. The new bridge deck is constructed of pressure-treated, glue-laminated beams, deck, and railing.

The bridge provides access for snowmobile, off-road vehicle, and non-motorized traffic on the Bergland to Sidnaw Rail Grade.