Lift bridge work to begin

HOUGHTON — Work on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will begin Nov. 30 in Houghton County, with the estimated project completion date being August, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The project will require lane closures during many phases of the work. At least one lane will be maintained in each direction during almost all project phases. During motor replacement work in January, there will be up to four 90-minute late night closures of the bridge to allow crews to safely hoist and lower equipment. These closures will affect vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Emergency vehicles will be able to pass.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing about $3.9 million in structural, mechanical and electrical improvements on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Work includes motor replacement, finger joint repairs, structural steel repairs, interior painting of the machine rooms in the bridge towers, and other miscellaneous repairs and upgrades. The project map is available on Mi Drive.


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