ESCANABA—The Michigan Departent of Transportation (MDOT) reopened U.S. 2 to traffic in Iron River Tuesday, Oct. 9, completing the major reconstruction project 10 days ahead of schedule
“We appreciate the patience of motorists during the detour, and the cooperation from the city this construction season,” said Mike Premo, manager of MDOT’s Crystal Falls Transportation Service Center.
“An extensive project like this is never easy, but it’s well worth the final result.”
Premo advises motorists to pay special attention to the signs, especially stop signs, along the detour routes, as they will return to their original configuration.
The project included reconstruction of U.S. 2 through the city from Ninth Street to River Street, and M-189 from Genesee Street to U.S. 2. Total cost for the project was $2.2 million. As part of the project, the city also upgraded portions of its water main and sanitary sewer system in the construction area. Phone lines, a gas main, power poles and street lighting also were upgraded during construction.
The project required multiple detours on city streets during construction, beginning in May. MDOT and the contractor for the project, Oberstar of Marquette, maintained access to downtown businesses throughout construction.