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$230 Million in Road And Bridge Work Headed to Northern Michigan over Next Five Years

Contact:  Bill Shreck (989) 754-0878 ext.124
Agency: Transportation

April 12, 2001

MDOT's five-year plan includes 80 projects for North Region's 24 counties

The Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) recently released, third Five-Year Road & Bridge Program calls for an investment of $230 million in the roads and bridges of northern Michigan.

In addition, MDOT will invest tens of millions of dollars in Capital Preventive Maintenance (CPM) and routine maintenance in the next five years. The roads and bridges of MDOT's North Region are managed by Transportation Service Centers (TSC) in Alpena, Traverse City, Grayling, and Cadillac. Together, the four TSCs oversee 24 counties.

The work, scheduled from 2001-2005, will improve more than 288 miles, almost 15 percent of the North Region's nearly 1,970 miles of state highways. This total includes more than 15 miles of new passing relief lanes.

"We continue to look at the best way to move motorists and goods into the important tourist areas of northern Michigan," said State Transportation Director Gregory J. Rosine. "That's why we are working on improving the M-72 corridor between Grayling and Traverse City, M-65 in northeast Michigan, and extending the US-131 freeway to north of Manton."

During the next five years, several important corridors in the North Region will receive significant improvements. These include 12 projects on the US-131 corridor, four projects on US-23, nine projects on US-31, 14 projects on I-75, four projects on M-65, three on M-72, six on M-22, and five projects on US-10.

MDOT also is investing almost 22 percent of its CPM program miles in the North Region in 2001. MDOT views CPM as a strategic investment to extend pavement life for good pavements up to 10 years. Typical CPM projects include crack filling, joint sealing, pavement repairs and restoration, micro-surfacing, chip sealing and some mill and resurfacing jobs. This year MDOT has 61 CPM projects in the North Region improving nearly 270 miles of state highways.

There are 26 construction projects slated for 2001 alone in the North Region. Some of the key projects include:

  • Rehabilitate and resurface 4.8 miles of I-75 from Cook Road to north of M-30 and from Gray Road to Ski Park Road near West Branch
  • Replace the bridge over the MIRC railroad on US-31 in Beulah
  • Freeway and interchange construction of the US-131 freeway from M-55 to US-131 north of Cadillac in Wexford County
  • Repair and resurface 3.2 miles of US-31/M-37 from South Airport Road to Grandview Parkway in Traverse City (will be completed before the Cherry Festival)
  • Resurface 5.3 miles with lane widening and non-motorized path construction on M-119 from Beach Road to west of State Road
  • Replace culvert over Squaw Bay on US-23 in Alpena Township
  • Micro-surface 12.6 miles of I-75 from the south Otsego county line to M-32 south of Gaylord.

"Work continues on fixing the worst roads first in the North Region. We are working to achieve our goal of having 90 percent of state roads in good condition by 2007," said North Region Engineer Brian Ness. "We will be improving several major corridors while working to minimize traffic impacts whenever and wherever we can."

MDOT's Five Year Road & Bridge Program also includes projects Gov. John Engler initiated through Build Michigan III to address economic development and congestion. Projects from this program will provide a more responsive transportation system for Michigan's residents, businesses, and tourists.

For a complete copy of the Five-Year Road & Bridge Program, contact the Office of Communications at 517-373-2160, or access it on our Web site at .

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