February 23, 1999
Freeway plans continue as $58 million in roadway improvements bridge the gap
The US-23 and M-65 corridors in northeast Michigan will experience a major facelift as part of the Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) recently announced "Five Year Road & Bridge Program." MDOT's plan represents a $6.3 billion investment to repair and rebuild 7,000 miles of state highways and to rehabilitate 1,400 bridges across the state from 1999 to 2003.
Most notable to residents and motorists of the state's "sunrise side" is continued work on the proposed US-23 freeway extension as well as $58 million worth of improvements included in 22 projects on existing US-23 and M-65 in the region.
"MDOT is committed to meeting the important transportation needs of this region," said State Transportation Director James DeSana. "The projects we're announcing today address both the short and long-term needs of motorists, businesses and tourists in this part of the state."
As the first step in the final phase of the federal approval process, MDOT today submitted the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Phase I of the US-23 freeway project to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The department acknowledged that environmental clearance and federal approval for a project of this magnitude is likely to be a lengthy process.
In order to meet the existing needs of motorists in northeast Michigan, MDOT also announced that $58 million will be invested in nearly two dozen road and bridge improvement projects on existing US-23 and M-65 during this five year period. Most notable of these projects is the widening of US-23 to four lanes from Standish to M-65 in 2001 and the construction of a new M-65 bridge over the AuSable River in Iosco County in 2003. When built, the current structure will remain for snowmobiles and non-motorized traffic.
The complete list of projects planned for the US-23 & M-65 corridors for 1999-2003 include:
US-23 ($42.7 million)
Alpena County. Rehabilitate 3.9 miles, north county line to Ossineke in 1999.
Alpena County. Rehabilitate 4.1 miles, Ossineke to Timm Road in 1999.
City of Cheboygan. Rehabilitate 0.1 mile, south of South Huron Street in 1999.
Iosco County. Construct 2.5 miles of passing lanes, from F-41 north in 1999.
Iosco County. Construct 1.8 miles of passing lanes, Aster Road to Point Road in 1999.
Alcona County. Construct 1.9 miles of passing lanes, Black River Road to Sayers Road in 2000.
Arenac County. Reconstruct bridge over dime drain in 2000.
Arenac County. Reconstruct bridge over Saverine Creek in 2000.
Iosco County. Rehabilitate 3.0 miles, Gaston Way Road to north county line in 2000.
City of Cheboygan. US-23/M-27. Rehabilitate 0.7 miles in 2000.
Alpena County. Rehabilitate 4.2 miles, north of Timm Road to north of Partridge Pt. Road in 2001.
Arenac County. Widen 8.7 miles, Standish to M-65 in 2001.
Alcona County. Rehabilitate 10 miles, south county line north to Harrisville in 2002.
Alcona County. Rehabilitate 2.5 miles, south of Sayers Road to north county line in 2002.
Presque Isle County. Rehabilitate 9.9 miles, M-65 north to Birchwood Road in 2003.
M-65 ($15.3 million)
Iosco County. Resurface 1.6 miles, from Five Channel bridge south approach in 1999.
Iosco County. Construct 1.7 miles of passing lanes, south county line to Turtle Road in 1999.
Iosco County. Replace bridge deck over the AuSable River in 1999.
Iosco County Construct 1.9 miles of passing lanes, NFS Road #4418 to NFS Road #4421 in 1999.
Alcona County. Resurface 7 miles, south of jct. with M-72 to north of jct. with M-72 in 2002.
Iosco County. Construct 1.8 miles of passing lanes, Sparton Road to Gallon Road in 2002.
Iosco County. New bridge and approaches over the AuSable River in 2003.