- 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
(989) 731-5090 Ext. 408