MDOT lifts some lane restrictions over Labor Day weekend

LANSING, Mich. – This Labor Day weekend, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is removing lane restrictions on nearly 60 percent of its road and bridge projects statewide to ease traffic delays for holiday travelers.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and continuing until 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 96 out of 162 projects statewide will have lane restrictions removed. While motorists will see suspended operations in most MDOT work zones for the weekend, drivers are advised that equipment and certain traffic configurations may remain in place, like temporary shifts or shoulder closures. 

Travelers are also reminded that, for safety and security, the Mackinac Bridge will be closed to public traffic on Labor Day from 6:30 a.m. to noon during the Annual Bridge Walk. Southbound I-75 and US-2 traffic will be stopped at Exit 344 on the north side of the bridge; northbound I-75 traffic will be stopped at Exit 337 on the south end. For more information, visit the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) website at www.MackinacBridge.org/Walk or call the MBA at 906-643-7600.

“This has been one of the busiest years in MDOT’s history with many much-needed projects finally happening thanks to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Rebuilding Michigan program,” said State Transportation Director Paul C. Ajegba. “We thank everyone for their patience during this very busy summer and remind all drivers that there will still be some lane restrictions in place statewide this weekend. For your safety, your family’s safety, and for road workers’ safety, slow down, stay alert and avoid distractions in all work zones. You’re depending on us to fix the roads and road workers are depending on your safe driving. Let’s make sure everyone makes it home each and every night.”

MDOT oversees I, M, and US routes and is responsible for nearly 10,000 miles of state highways, which carry more than 50 percent of all traffic and approximately 70 percent of commercial traffic in Michigan. 

This list is current as of Sept. 1. For the most up-to-date information on MDOT projects, go to the Mi Drive website at www.Michigan.gov/Drive

The following is a list of work zones that will remain active or have lane restrictions during Labor Day weekend. If necessary, detour routes will be posted at the project location. 

Upper Peninsula

– I-75, Mackinac County, has one northbound lane open over the Pine River, north of M-134.

– M-28 in Munising, Alger County, has two lanes open between Commercial Street and Bay View Street with a traffic shift.

– M-64, Ontonagon County, has one lane open in alternating directions over the Floodwood River west of Ontonagon via temporary signals. 

– M-94 in Manistique, Schoolcraft County, has a posted detour in place for eastbound and westbound traffic. 

– US-2 in Bessemer, Gogebic County, has a posted detour in place for eastbound US-2 traffic. 

– US-2, Gogebic County, has one lane open in alternating directions over Tenderfoot Creek via temporary signals west of Watersmeet.

– US-2, Gogebic County, has one lane open in alternating directions over the Cisco Branch of the Ontonagon River via temporary signals west of Watersmeet.   

– US-41 (College Avenue) in Houghton, Houghton County, has a posted detour in place for southbound US-41 traffic. 

– US-41 in Marquette, Marquette County, has two through-lanes and a center left-turn lane open between Blemhuber Avenue and Furnace Street with a traffic shift.

– US-45, Ontonagon County, has one lane open in alternating directions over Roselawn Creek via temporary signals southeast of Ewen. 

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