ESCANABA - Road construction season in the Upper Peninsula is in full swing. While motorists should expect delays, being aware of which local highways are under construction could save time and help drivers avoid frustrations this summer.
In Delta County part of U.S. 2 and 41 will be under construction starting today. The 11.9 mile stretch from the Menominee/Delta County line near Bark River to Escanaba will be resurfaced with a micro-surface seal that should last five years and cost $937,000.
"It's primarily a project to seal the roadway from water infiltration and keep a fair road in fair condition," said Michigan Department of Transportation Communications Representative James Lake.
During construction motorists can expect lane closures with flag controls. Construction is estimated to be completed by Aug. 2.
Drivers on M-35 in Menominee County should take note that road workers will perform a complete reconstruction on about a mile of the highway this summer. Construction will take place from the intersection with U.S. 41 to 48th Avenue in Menominee. A detour along city streets is planned for the project. The M-35 project started May 6 and is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.
The rebuild will cost $5.7 million and is expected to last for 14 years.
In Schoolcraft County, U.S. 2 will be resurfaced for 9.8 miles from just east of Gulliver to just east of M-77.
"That project, like the Escanaba/Bark River project, is a micro-surfacing. It's a very thin surface - less than an inch - designed to keep water out," said Lake.
The $1.1 million resurfacing project will begin July 8 and run through Aug. 23. The surface is expected to last for five years.
"There's going to be lane closures with flag control for that project as well," said Lake.
Drivers should be aware of the added hazards the come with road construction, including road workers.
"We always want motorists to be extra cautious in work zones of any kind," said Lake, adding that drivers should slow down for their own safety and for the safety of construction workers.
For updated road construction information, or to request or download a free map of all 2013 road construction projects in the state of Michigan, visit www.michigan.gov/ mdot.