Traffic Tom: NB US-131 construction nears completion

Traffic

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Drivers who take US-131 between 10 Mile and 14 Mile roads have dealt with road construction and heavy traffic for nearly six months.

Crews first reconstructed the southbound lanes of US-131 and now are working on the northbound side.

However, a labor dispute that shut down road projects throughout the state late this summer has the work on US-131 behind schedule.

“Typically, Nov. 15 is the deadline for our construction season here in Michigan. But with that labor dispute they missed about three, four weeks of great construction weather. So, that is why we are behind,” said Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson John Richards.

As of Wednesday, crews still had a half-mile of US-131 to pave as well as the 10 Mile Road on-ramp and shoulders.

Due to the cold temperatures, crews can only pave about a quarter-mile each day because they need to cover the pavement to keep it warm enough to set.

As long as it’s above 25 degrees during the day, MDOT said crews can continue to pour concrete.

MDOT expects the paving to be completed by Thanksgiving then crews will need to complete the shoulder work.

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