The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to invest $30 million in Upper Peninsula road and bridge repairs and improvements in 2009. The Superior Region program includes $29.2 million to repair 105.2 miles of state trunk line and $860,000 to rehabilitate the US-2 Escanaba River Bridge.
The 2009 Superior Region program does not yet include additional transportation improvements that may be provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"The 2009 projects are selected to maintain and improve our roads and bridges, providing a safe and reliable transportation system," said Superior Region Engineer Randy Van Portfliet. "Our program for this construction season continues our commitment to enhance the quality of life for residents and helps support our economy."
During 2009, the following improvements are scheduled:
- Reconstruction of US-41 (Shelden Avenue) in downtown Houghton.
- Extension of the US-41 boulevard section through the Michigan Technological University campus in Houghton.
- Reconstruction of 3.3 miles of US-41/M-28, known as the Michigamme Curves, in western Marquette County.
- Extension of the US-2 five-lane section in Iron Mountain to the M-95 intersection.
- Rehabilitation of the US-2/US-41/M-35 bridge over the Escanaba River, north of Escanaba.
- Resurfacing of 9 miles on M-94 in Schoolcraft County, north of Manistique.
- Resurfacing of 15.4 miles on M-28 in Luce County, from the Schoolcraft County line to M-117.
- Resurfacing 8 miles of M-28 in Alger County, from the Marquette County line to Shelter Bay.
In addition to the 2009 projects, work on the US-2 Cut River Bridge in Mackinac County will continue this construction season. This deck replacement project began in 2008 and is scheduled to be completed by October.
The Superior Region serves all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula: Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft. Major state trunk lines include Interstate 75, US-41, US-45, US-2, M-26, M-35, M-95, M-117, and M-28.