$15 million road construction project coming to U.S. 131

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:55 pm on Friday, April 13, 2012

HOWARD CITY — A $15 million road construction project on U.S. 131 will begin Monday — and end six months later.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will resurface 12 miles of U.S. 131 from Cannonsville Road north to M-46.

Traffic will be maintained on U.S. 131 at all times using crossovers, which were constructed last year. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane throughout the project, while southbound traffic will remain at two lanes. Ramp closures with posted detours will be used at M-46 and M-82.

Bridges over Tamarack Creek and Kendaville Road will be improved and widened. The park-and-ride near M-82 will also be widened to make room for additional spaces.

Tearing up the concrete will be the most expensive part,” said John Richard from MDOT’s Office of Communications. “With those bridges on the road too, there’s a lot going on there.”

Interstate Highway Construction (IHC) Inc. in Owosso has been hired as the project’s contractor.

“We’ve got a whole host of sub-contractors who are going to be in and out of the job,” said Jeff Ardelean, division manager for the Midwest for IHC. “There will be at least 150 to 200 people working out there at peak time.”

The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 3.

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