US-31 Charlevoix bascule bridge 15-minute closures scheduled for Jan. 24 and 25
GAYLORD, Mich. - As part of a $6.3 million Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project to replace the US-31 Charlevoix bascule bridge’s tread and track components, which facilitate the structure’s operation, the bridge will be closed to US-31 traffic for 15-minute periods intermittently between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. the nights of Jan. 24 and 25. Exact dates and times of closures are dependent on weather and work progress, but no detour will be required for intermittent closures.
Overall, the bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic intermittently for 15-minute periods for as many as 12 nights during the project. The exact schedule of all expected closures has not yet been determined.
At most times, the bridge will have one lane of traffic open in each direction.
The project, which began in late October, also includes work on the bridge railings, electrical components, joints, curbs, and gutters, all to extend the 74-year-old bridge’s service life and maintain its reliability. Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 89 jobs.
As of fall 2023 - a few loose ends are still being completed but nothing that will disrupt traffic flow. Some parking lot lighting and the addition of electric vehicle charging stations are still in the works. Otherwise, the project is complete and beautiful!