MDOT officials gearing up for road project through downtown Kalkaska

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – As area residents look forward to spring, they might also want to look for new ways to get through the Village of Kalkaska later this year.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Transportation are planning for a $1.2 million project that will cut through the heart of downtown Kalkaska.

According to MDOT North Region communications representative James Lake, a more than two-mile section of US-131 running between the two intersections with M-72 is set to be resurfaced. The project is slated to begin in late September and be completed in early November.

“This is a capital preventive maintenance project designed to extend the service life of the roadway,” Lake said. “This is a resurfacing project of US-131 from the north M-72 junction to the south M-72 junction, so about 2.2 miles.

“Because there is concrete pavement beneath the asphalt surface, first we’ll cut out and repair the underlying joints that have deteriorated, then grind off the top surface and put down new asphalt,” he added. “We’ll also be bringing the sidewalk ramps up to current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.”

Construction of the downtown section of US-131 will require lane closures with traffic shifts in the sections with multiple lanes, and flag control when there is only one lane available. Still, MDOT officials will not be putting up any detour signs to help motorist avoid the construction area.

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