CRYSTAL FALLS—In order to better accommodate underground utility upgrades, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and contractors for the U.S. 2/M-189 reconstruction in Iron River will be changing detours and traffic patterns.
Beginning Thursday, June 7, U.S. 2 traffic will be shifted onto detour routes to allow U.S. 2 to be reconstructed from Ninth Avenue to M-189 (Fourth Avenue). While this detour is different from the route originally proposed by MDOT, it will not change the project’s completion date.
“We ask that motorists pay special attention to the new signs and be courteous to other drivers as we all adjust to the new traffic patterns,” said Mike Premo, manager of MDOT’s Crystal Falls Transportation Service Center (TSC).
The following changes to traffic routing will remain in effect until early August:
--The traffic signal at U.S. 2 and Fourth Avenue will be shut off and covered. Traffic will be allowed to flow freely between Fourth Avenue and U.S. 2 to the east. The detour routes will have one-way traffic so that larger trucks are able to maneuver through the detour.
--Westbound U.S. 2 will be detoured onto Cayuga Street between River Avenue and Ninth Avenue, which will be one-way only. Stop signs on Cayuga Street at Fourth and Seventh avenues will be switched so that Cayuga Street traffic has the right of way; traffic on Fourth and Seventh avenues will need to stop for Cayuga Street traffic.
--Eastbound U.S. 2 will be detoured onto Genesee Street between Ninth and Fourth avenues, which will be one-way only. The stop sign on eastbound Genesee Street at Fourth Avenue will be removed while southbound Fourth Avenue will now stop at Genesee Street.
There will still be a stop sign for westbound Genesee Street traffic at Fourth Avenue, which will be open only to southbound traffic between Genesee and Maple streets so that larger trucks can make the right turn from East Genesee Street to South Fourth Avenue.
--River Avenue will be open only to northbound traffic between Maple and Cayuga streets. The stop signs at River Avenue and Genesee Street will be switched so that Genesee Street traffic will stop for River Avenue traffic.
Some parking will be available on the detour route; areas not open to parking will be clearly marked.