Whitmer: Road projects completed in Mecosta, Osceola counties

Intermittent lane, ramp closures on U.S. 131 to continue

MECOSTA, OSCEOLA COUNTIES — While a section of northbound U.S. 131 remains under construction in Mecosta and Osceola counties, including intermittent closures of the 15 Mile and 19 Mile ramps, two other projects have been completed.

In a news release issued Wednesday, Aug. 3, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announce the completion of four road and bridge projects, including the culvert replacement on 19 Mile Road over Dalziel Creek in Mecosta County and the Luther Road bridge over U.S. 131 at 14 Mile Road near LeRoy in Osceola County.

In April, work crews began replacing the twin metal culverts at Dalziel Creek under U.S. 131 at 19 Mile Road with a single concrete box culvert, according to news release from the Michigan Department of Transportation. In addition, concrete approaches were constructed at both of the 19 Mile Road bridges over U.S. 131.

MDOT said the $2 million project "provide residents with a safer and smoother driving surface and extends the service life of the culvert."

April also saw the closure of Luther Road (14 Mile Road), while crews worked on the bridge over U.S. 131. According to an MDOT news release, "the work included concrete barrier replacement, partial deck replacement, substructure repair, new expansion joints, epoxy overlay of the deck, approach work, and new guardrail."

Other projects in the $6.3 million investment announced Wednesday included resurfacing 17.3 miles of M-37 in Peninsula Township in Grand Traverse County and epoxy sealing of nine bridges along I-75 in Roscommon and Ogemaw counties.

"With the completion of these four projects, Michiganders will have a smoother drive, saving them time and money as they run errands, go to work, or travel,” Whitmer said in the news release. “Through the end of 2022, we will fix over 16,000 lane miles of road and more than 1,200 bridges, supporting nearly 89,000 jobs."

To keep up-to-date on road conditions and construction projects, visit https://mdotjboss.state.mi.us/MiDrive/map.