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Partial road closures in Cass and Van Buren counties

Two major routes in Cass and Van Buren counties will be partially closed through the end of the month as Michigan Department of Transportation crews work on repaving. MDOT’s Nick Schirripa said the project started Monday and involves seven miles of M-40 and M-51, including M-40 from Marcellus Highway north to the Cass/Van Buren county line, and on M-51 from …

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US 131 project update

Here’s an update on the U.S. 131 project that started Monday in Three Rivers. Through the end of the week, northbound and southbound traffic will see single-lane closures and construction will begin on the existing median curb lane islands. These will be removed and replaced with temporary paving. Signal work will begin at M-60 and U.S. 131, while tree removal …

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MDOT launches bridge information dashboard

Michigan Department of Transportation has launched a new, online dashboard to make information about the condition of all bridges on state and local road systems easily accessible to the public. Replacing a more limited version from 2018, the Michigan Bridge Conditions dashboard is now online, providing data on more than 11,000 bridges across the state. Matt Chynoweth, head of the …

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MDOT plans improvement open house

Michigan Department of Transportation officials are planning an open house next week to address proposed improvements of a major intersection. The state agency will stage an open house 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Henry Brown Municipal Building in Coldwater to discuss its plans to repave and reconfigure the I-69 business loop in Coldwater. Officials from MDOT and the …

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Work begins on M-66 in Sturgis

The Michigan Department of Transportation starting today will be resurfacing 7 1/2 miles of M-66, from Lafayette Street in the city of Sturgis, to M-86 in Nottawa Township. MDOT officials said the $879,000 project includes pavement repairs, crack filling and chip sealing. Traffic will be subject to single-lane closure under flag control. The agency estimates the project will be completed …

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Highway cleanup begins

Roadsides across lower Michigan will get their first cleanup of the year beginning Saturday as the 2017 Adopt-A-Highway program gets underway. Overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation, Adopt-A-Highway will take place over three collection periods this year. The first runs Saturday through April 23. A summer pickup takes place July 15 to 23 and a fall pickup Sept. 23 …

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MDOT names new Southwest Region engineer

The Michigan Department of Transportation has selected Demetrius Parker to succeed Kimberly Avery as the new MDOT Southwest Region engineer. As the Southwest Region engineer, Parker will be responsible for more than 1,200 miles of state trunkline in Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. The district features more than 280 employees, a capital program of …

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Centreville detour scheduled to be lifted

A four-month detour on a major route that feeds into Centreville is scheduled to be lifted next week. Work crews are expected to finish the M-86 bridge replacement project over the Prairie River Wednesday, according to Nick Schirripa, MDOT spokesman. He said the open-to-traffic date comes after a delay of about two weeks from original projections. He said if history …

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Schoolcraft railroad project complete

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation said a two-week road project on U.S. 131 in the village of Schoolcraft has been completed. MDOT said work at the railroad crossing at the south end of the village of Schoolcraft was finished on schedule and a detour around the tracks has been removed. The project, which started Oct. 24, involved repaving …

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MDOT plans rebuild of US 131

Michigan Department of Transportation in 2018 is planning a $7 million overhaul of a busy stretch of U.S. 131 in Three Rivers. But the focus during a two-hour open house Wednesday in Three Rivers was on a roundabout proposed for the south intersection of U.S. 131 and M-60. Funding for the circular obstacle, however, remains an issue and its inclusion …

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