Section of snowmobile trail closed

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed a section of Snowmobile Trail No. 2, as work continues to repair railings and decking on a bridge between Michigan and Wisconsin, west of Iron Mountain.

“A recent engineering analysis of the Menominee River Bridge determined the railings and decking to be unsafe for snowmobile travel,” said Jeff Kakuk, DNR western U.P. trails specialist. “The DNR has worked as quickly as possible to get the railings and decking upgraded, but construction will drag into the snowmobile season resulting in a temporary trail closure.”

The snowmobile trail is closed between Pine Mountain Road in Michigan and Romitti Drive in Wisconsin until the bridge railings can be repaired. This closure is expected to remain in effect into January.

There is not a feasible trail reroute available.

The Menominee River Bridge is a 392-foot-long, steel box truss span bridge constructed in 1901. Snowmobile Trail No. 2 uses the former Chicago Northwestern Railroad grade, which originally traveled from Hermansville to Hurley, Wisconsin. The snowmobile trail parallels the highway, providing recreational access to communities along the way.

Work on this repair project will consist of modifications to the existing railing to meet current safety standards. K & M Industrial LLC. of Gladstone has been contracted to do the work.

The project is being financed through Recreation Improvement Fund and Recreational Trails Program funding. The DNR’s parks and recreation division is partnering with the Florence County, Wisconsin, Forestry and Parks Department, which will co-fund the bridge improvements.

For more information on this project, contact Jeff Kakuk, DNR western Upper Peninsula trails specialist, at 906-563-9247, ext. 109.

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