MARION — A stretch of M-115 near Marion is about to get some work done that will help to make it safer prior to the start of the winter season.

The Michigan Department of Transportation will invest $1.2 million for intersection improvements at M-115 and 20 Mile Road in Highland Township beginning Monday. Work includes adding center left-turn lanes on M-115, line-of-sight improvements, resurfacing, curb, gutter and drainage improvements, and new guardrail. It is anticipated it will be completed by Halloween.

Traffic will be maintained on one alternating lane from Sept. 6 through late October. For the duration of the project, the east leg of 20 Mile Road will be detoured to 80th Avenue south to M-115. The west leg of 20 Mile Road will be closed intermittently and traffic detoured along 100th Avenue north to M-115. Work will take place during daylight hours, but traffic restrictions will remain in place.

This project will improve and maintain a smooth driving surface, extend the service life of the roadway, and increase safety with the addition of center left-turn lanes and improved sight distance.

Cadillac MDOT Transportation Service Center Manager Del Kirkby said all lanes will be open during the upcoming Labor Day weekend and an extra day has been given to allow for holiday traffic before lane closures begin on Sept. 6.

“There will be lane closures in effect seven days a week between Sept. 6 and the end of October. The lane closures will be up at times for 24 hours a day,” Kirkby said. “Work also is anticipated to be seven days a week. There is a lot of work to do in the location and to get it all done while the weather is still decent is going to require an intense schedule.”

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