Michigan Department of Transportation

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has reopened M-26 after flooding in Houghton County forced several closures Sunday. Other partial and complete closures of state trunkline remain in effect as repair efforts continue:

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has partially reopened M-26 after flooding in Houghton County forced several closures Sunday.

Other partial and complete closures of state trunkline remain in effect as repair efforts continue:

ISHPEMING, MI--   A road construction project between Ishpeming and Negaunee starts Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says the $1.6 million project includes the resurfacing of 4.2 miles of US-41 from Westwood Drive east to Water Street. Work will also include asphalt milling and resurfacing; joint repairs; curb, gutter, and guardrail replacement; shoulder rumble strips; and pavement markings.

The project will require lane closures with traffic shifts. A minimum of one lane will be open in each direction for the duration.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Starting June 3 drivers can expect delays on US-41 between L’Anse and Negaunee.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says seven large generators will be transported to the new Upper Michigan Energy Resource Corporation generating facility in Negaunee Township. The generators will block traffic in the late evenings to early mornings, Sunday through Thursday.

The moves from the CertainTeed Plant in L’Anse to Eagle Mills will start at 10 p.m. and finish by 5 a.m. Return trips on alternating night will start at 11 p.m. and finish by 5 a.m.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting most traffic restrictions to make Memorial Day travel easier. 

Officials say lane restrictions on almost 73 percent of road and bridge projects will be removed to mitigate delays.

AAA Michigan estimates more than 1.3 million state residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday weekend. That’s a nearly 5-percent increase over last year and the most in more than a decade.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is conducting detailed inspections of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge starting Monday. 

Officials say intermittent lane closures and frequent opening of the bridge will be required from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. One lane of vehicle traffic will be open in each direction from May 21 through 24. At some point traffic on the M-26 connector ramp will be stopped to allow inspections.

MDOT says there will also be periods of time where the bridge will be inoperable for marine traffic between Monday and Friday.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--   Two Negaunee High School teams have made their marks at an annual bridge building competition downstate. 

The Michigan Design and Build Bridge Challenge is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation. Teams from grades 7-12 build miniature bridges using balsa wood, glue, and string. They were tested for strength and design, and students made presentations before a panel of judges.

Tuesday Team Bridge Builders of Negaunee came in second place in the 11th and 12th grade category, while Team Negaunee Bridge Builders came in fourth.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula roadside parks are scheduled to reopen May 7. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation maintains 32 roadside parks in the U.P. They usually close in late October and reopen in mid- to late April. Due to the late spring and colder temperatures they are opening later this year.

Officials say while the parks will be open, drivers should not expect drinking water to be turned on until later this month. Annual testing and treatment of park water will need to be done before it will be made available to the public.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   Monday marks the beginning of work on the US-2/US-141 junction in Quinnesec. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says it will reconstruct the junction to eliminate a grassy median in favor of a standard five-lane highway. The project also includes reducing the steep grade of US-2 heading toward Iron Mountain and reconstructing US-141 from the junction to just south of the railroad viaduct. 

M-DOT will make drainage improvements, traffic signal upgrades, and pavement markings.

LANSING, MI--   With persistent snowbanks and late season snowstorms complicating plans, the schedule for the annual Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program has been changed.

The ongoing pickup in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula will be extended through April 29. The first Adopt-A-Highway pickup for the northern Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula will be later, from May 5 to 13.

Volunteers pick up litter three times each year. Statewide, there will be a summer pickup from July 14 to 22 and a fall pickup from Sept. 22 to 30.

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