Get ready for a summer of road construction on M-46 between the Pine River Bridge and Seeley Auto Sales, as that stretch of road will be widened to three lanes.
The $1.3 million project is scheduled to begin on April 16 and will likely end on or before Aug. 22. The federal and state governments split the cost 90/10 with the feds paying 90 percent.
The contractor is Malley Construction of Mt. Pleasant. Check out Malley’s Facebook page here:
Malley will widen the road by six feet on each side, starting with the north side. Two lanes will be open at night. But during work hours cars will be stopped temporarily in both directions.
Malley has a strong incentive to get the work done on time, as there is a $1,350 per day fine if work continues beyond Aug. 22.
Asked why this work is being done now, Michigan Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Engineer Brandon Wegener said that 19 crashes in last three years on that stretch of road was the key factor in deciding to widen the road. It’s safer, for example, to make a left turn on a busy road where the speed limit is 55 mph if one has a turn lane to wait in.
MDOT has four other road projects in this year in mid Michigan.
The biggest is a $23 million project to replace the M-20 bridge over the Tittabawassee River in Midland that is already underway. Although the bridge will remain open during construction, traffic will be limited to two lanes.
In Ithaca, North Pine River Street will be resurfaced from Barber Street to Polk Road beginning in late summer.
Some 10.5 miles of M-46 will be reconstructed from west of Merrill to M-52 beginning in April. There will be one alternating lane open under flag control during road work with traffic detoured during culvert replacement.
Finally, MDOT will resurface six miles of M-20 east of Mt. Pleasant from Loomis Road to Geneva Road. Work gets underway in July. Expect traffic shifts and lane closures.
To see a list of all MDOT road projects in the state, follow this link: