Public meeting Nov. 30 on Charlevoix bridge project

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will have a public meeting to discuss the upcoming repair project of the US-31 bascule bridge over the Pine River Channel in Charlevoix, slated to begin in December.

Those attending will include MDOT Gaylord Transportation Service Center (TSC) staff, Charlevoix officials, law enforcement and emergency services officials, and interested residents and business owners.

The meeting is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 30 at Charlevoix City Hall, located at 210 State St. in Charlevoix.

Accommodations can be made for persons with disabilities and limited English speaking ability.

Large print materials, auxiliary aids or the services of interpreters, signers, or readers available upon request.

Please call 517-373-9534 to request at least seven days before meeting date.

BACKGROUND:

This $1.9 million investment will include substructure and steel repairs, as well as electrical and mechanical upgrades.

The project also includes replacing the traffic warning gates and the electrical switches needed to ensure the bridge operates smoothly and properly, reconstructing the bridge roadway approaches, and painting the steel superstructure.

Work is scheduled to begin on Dec. 26 with the bridge in the closed/down position, with two-way vehicle traffic maintained through traffic shifts.

Some of the work will require the bridge to be locked in the up/open position for six-hour periods (11 p.m. to 5 a.m.) on 12 consecutive nights, with exact dates to be determined.

During those overnight closures, traffic will require a 67-mile detour on M-66, M-32, US-131, and US-31. Project map: https://goo.gl/8XXD2W

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