MDOT plans plenty of projects for 2016 in Mecosta, Osceola counties

MECOSTA COUNTY — A new year in Michigan brings a new list of road projects and updates, including some throughout Mecosta and Osceola counties.

In 2016, the Michigan Department of Transportation has a variety of projects on multiple main roads within the two-county area.

Slated to begin this spring, a section of northbound U.S. 131 from 6 Mile Road to 13 Mile Road will be resurfaced, said Del Kirkby, Service Group Manager for MDOT in Cadillac.

“The existing pavement is in poor condition, so it will be ground to gravel and the road will be resurfaced with three new layers of asphalt,” Kirkby said. “We will recycle what’s there and create a new road.”

Throughout the construction, traffic is anticipated to be kept to a single lane during the weekdays.

“However, the lanes will reopen to traffic on the weekends for those busy times,” Kirkby said.

The $2.5 million project should be wrapped up in the fall, Kirkby said.

U.S. 131 will not be the only major roadway to be resurfaced in the area, with a number of other projects on the books for 2016.

Resurfacing of M-66 from M-115 to 21 Mile Road in Osceola County is set to begin this spring.

This summer in Mecosta County, Old U.S. 131 from Maple Street to 19 Mile Road will be resurfaced, along with a section of M-66 from 17 Mile Road to 19 Mile Road.

In Osceola County, summertime will mean resurfacing for a portion of U.S. 10, just east of Reed City, Kirkby said.

These projects are all similar, with the top layer of asphalt being taken off and a new layer will be put back on, Kirkby explained.

“This eliminates the ruts in the roads that hold water and prematurely age out our pavements,” he said.

Traffic regulators with flags will help with traffic in these areas and will typically only be during the week, not weekends, Kirkby said.

Exact dates are not yet set for beginning MDOT’s road projects since weather will determine when it’s best to start work.

For more information on MDOT’s upcoming road projects, visit