Charlevoix bridge closing mtg planned

A meeting has been scheduled to offer more information and take opinions on the planned closing of the bridge in Charlevoix for maintenance.
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The bridge in Charlevoix is open to allow boats to go through the Pine River Channel. (Public Domain Photo/WikiMedia)

The Michigan Department of Transportation wants to hear your opinion on the Pine River Channel Bridge project.

The bridge, located along US-31 in Charlevoix, is expected to be closed for maintenance starting next fall.


“Beginning in December 2016, MDOT plans to perform maintenance work and make upgrades to the US-31 (Bridge Street) bascule bridge in Charlevoix, including electrical and mechanical system repairs, steel superstructure painting, and improvements to the bridge approaches” MDOT officials stated in a Thursday Nov. 12 press release.

The proposed project looks to have a completion date of June 2017.

“The majority of the work will be done on half of the bridge at a time, with one lane of traffic open in each direction, and pedestrian traffic rerouted to the walkway beneath the bridge,” MDOT says. “Some of the work will require 12 six-hour closures during overnight hours. MDOT is working with the city and residents to determine the best time to schedule those closures.”

MDOT’s informational session will give stakeholders the opportunity to learn more about the project and talk about potential issues which may arise from the project.

According to MDOT, staff from the Gaylord Transportation Service Center (TSC) will present plans and schedules for the project, as well as take comments and suggestions dealing with planning the necessary overnight bridge closings.

Officials from the City of Charlevoix will also be in attendance.

Any resident, business owner or driver who may be affected by the closing of the bridge is encouraged to attend.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 24 at the Charlevoix Public Library, 220 West Clinton St. in Charlevoix.