Northbound and southbound US-2/US-41/M-35 will be closed at the Escanaba River Aug. 27 for work on the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) bridge project.
The closure is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27, and end at approximately 11 p.m. the same day. This closure is required to place beams for the new highway bridge.
During the closure, eastbound traffic will be detoured via Delta County roads 426, 420, and 531, and M-35. The detour will be reversed for westbound traffic. Motorists should be patient and expect delays.
To accommodate traffic and reduce conflicts along the detour route, Delta County Road 420 will be closed to through-traffic at the east leg of the intersection with Delta County Road 531. Also, Rivers 22nd Road will be open to eastbound traffic only between Delta County Road 531 and M-35. Law enforcement will be present at intersections along the detour route to improve traffic flow and reduce backups.
Parts of Delta County Road 426 are closed to oversized loads. Drivers with oversized loads should contact the Delta County Road Commission at 906-786-3200 Monday through Thursday to determine the most appropriate route.
MDOT is investing $20.5 million to replace both the US-2 bridge over the Escanaba River and the Escanaba and Lake Superior (E&LS) Railroad bridge over US-2. This two-year project includes reconstructing and realigning 0.8 miles of roadway and replacing 3,000 feet of E&LS Railroad track. The project is expected to be substantially completed in November.
Project map: https://bit.ly/2vMCmOg.