WELLS — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to completely close the Escanaba River Bridge between Escanaba and Gladstone from 9 p.m. on Sept. 5 to 6 a.m. on Sept. 8.
The closure had originally been planned for August, according to MDOT Communications Representative for the Superior Region Dan Weingarten. The closure will take place to allow for bridge beam placement work on the E&LS Railroad bridge.
“We had to push the closure back because some components that are needed for placing the bridge beams have not been delivered yet,” he said.
During the closure, eastbound traffic will be detoured from U.S. 2 via County Roads 426, 420, and 531 and onto M-35 before returning to U.S. 2. This route will be reversed for westbound traffic. As some segments of County Road 426 are closed to oversized loads, drivers carrying these loads are encouraged to call the Delta County Road Commission at (906) 786-3200 Monday through Thursday to find an alternate route.