The Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) recently approved 2007–2011 Five Year Transportation Program will provide $170 million in transportation improvements to the Upper Peninsula over the next five years.
The 2007 program for rehabilitation and reconstruction work will provide $30.9 million in road and bridge investments. Another $9.6 million will be invested in Capital Preventive Maintenance (CPM) projects in order to improve several roads and bridges. Other investments include: $4.3 million for new passing relief lanes, $3.5 million for transportation enhancement projects, and $4.4 million earmarked for various safety improvements. These treatments will improve the pavement/bridge condition and extend the roadway's life. A total of approximately $52.7 million in transportation improvements is planned for the Superior Region this year.
"Again this year, MDOT is making substantial improvements to Upper Peninsula roads," said Superior Region Engineer Randy Van Portfliet. "People traveling in the Upper Peninsula deserve good roads. We do our best to balance construction and maintenance with the need to keep people moving safely and businesses open during construction."
The Superior Region serves 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula, including: Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Iron, Houghton, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft counties. Major state trunk lines in the region include: Interstate 75, US-41, US-2, US-45, M-26, M-35, M-117, M-28, and hundreds of miles of "M" routes owned and operated by MDOT. Of the 1,830 miles of state roads in the Upper Peninsula, MDOT is planning work on 299 miles, or 16 percent. MDOT also is planning repairs or improvements to 10 of the 481 bridges located in the region.