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ESCANABA - Eastbound and westbound traffic on US-2/US-41/M-35 at the Escanaba River will be switched onto the new bridge span Dec. 9 as part of continuing work on the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) project.
The traffic reconfiguration is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. This switch is required to allow demolition and reconstruction of the previous eastbound highway bridge span beginning this winter.
Westbound traffic will be moved onto the new span first. After a temporary barrier wall is placed, eastbound traffic will be switched onto the new span, with one lane open in each direction.
Although the new deck will provide a less constricted traffic flow, vehicles in the construction zone will be restricted to 12 feet in width; over-width loads will continue to be prohibited. Drivers with oversized loads should contact the Delta County Road Commission (DCRC) at 906-786-3200 Monday through Thursday to determine the most appropriate route.
MDOT is working closely with the DCRC to implement a strategic winter maintenance plan to respond to winter events and maintain the safest possible work zone.
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 will also include reconstructing and realigning 0.8 miles of roadway and replacing 3,000 feet of E&LS Railroad track.