Work to Require Closure of Portage Lake Lift Bridge Next Week

Work next week will require closures of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced Wednesday.

Multiple test lifts will be done between 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, and 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, and again from 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, to 5 a.m. Thursday, April 7.

The closures will allow crews to test the operation of the new bridge lift motors.

The closures will last for approximately 10 minutes each, causing delays for vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. Traffic will be allowed to clear between closures.

The snowmobile trail on the lower deck of the lift bridge is set to be removed Monday, April 4.

The work is weather dependent and may be rescheduled, if necessary.