Fast Facts:
- Work will begin on US-31 and the Mitchell Street bridge on April 2, weather permitting.
- Southbound US-31 traffic will be detoured on Lake Street and Ingalls Avenue starting April 2.
- The detour is expected to remain in place through the end of May, dependent on weather.

After delays due to a longer and harsher winter than expected, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is scheduled to begin work on US-31 and the Mitchell Street bridge in Petoskey on Wednesday, April 2.  Work has now begun beneath the Mitchell Street bridge on the substructure, to be followed by construction on US-31 between Liberty Street and the Mitchell Street bridge. This work will require starting the detour of southbound US-31 traffic on Lake Street and Ingalls Avenue beginning April 2. Northbound US-31 traffic will remain on US-31.

"The extended cold weather has delayed the start of construction, but along with our contractors, we've set an aggressive revised schedule to get the majority of the project completed by the end of July," said Matt Radulski, construction engineer for MDOT's Gaylord Transportation Service Center (TSC). "Weather may result in additional delays, but at this point, that's our goal for completion."

The project includes resurfacing and rebuilding US-31 from US-131 to the Mitchell Street bridge, median construction, traffic signal work, bridge railing reconstruction, and bridge deck repairs. The entire project investment is expected to be $3.5 million.  During construction, access will be maintained to businesses within the project limits. Access to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital will be maintained at all times, and additional signs will be placed directing motorists to the hospital.

For questions or comments contact:  

MDOT Assistant Engineer
Steve Zaglaniczny
(989) 731-5090 Ext. 408
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Beginning in the early spring of 2014 MDOT will undertake a series of improvements on W. Mitchell St and the Mitchell Street bridge.  Concrete repairs and the replacement of the railings on the Mitchell Street bridge is slated to being in April of 2014, with other roadway improvements occuring later in the spring of 2014.  All work is anticipated to be complete by July 4, 2013. 

Bridge improvements are currently scheduled to being in mid-April 2014.  MDOT will be replacing concrete railings on the bridge, performing concrete decking repairs, and seal-coating the bridge to protect it from the elements.  It is anticipated that roadway detours will be necessary during this work. 

Roadway improvements are anticipated to begin in late April/early May 2014 will include the re-paving of West Mitchell between the US-31/131 intersection and Liberty Street, the realignment of the Connable intersection at West Mitchell, the re-alignment of Madison Street at West Mitchell Street, access management improvements thruough the project, and the installation of a new traffic light at Ingalls Avenue and West Mitchell St. 

Read more: West Mitchell Street Improvements

Find out basic information, including answers to frequently asked questions about the West Mitchell Street improvements, including the timeline for construction, the scope of work, and details about what changes will be made to West Mitchell Street in 2014 by MDOT.  The 2014 MDOT project, which includes repaving West Mitchell Street, repairs to the Mitchell Street bridge, and access management improvements, is being done cooperatively with the City of Petoskey. 

Read more: West Mitchell Street Project FAQ

In March of 2014 MDOT will begin repairs to the US-31/Mitchell Street Bridge over the Bear River.  These repairs, currently estimated to cost approximately $1 million will include full replacement of the concrete railings, sidewalk and concrete decking repairs, replacement of seal joints on the bridge deck, and seal coating.  MDOT anticipates major construction taking approximately 45 days,

Read more: Mitchell Street Bridge Repairs

Access management improvements along West Mitchell Street are designed to improve traffic flow thru the corridor, improve the safety of vehicular access movements into and out of area businesses, and improve pedestrian access across the highway.

Read more: What is Access Management?