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Small M-13 road project in Bay City will have a big impact

A half mile of repaving will set the stage for replacement of the Lafayette Bridge
Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 7:05 PM EDT
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BAY CITY, Mich. (WJRT) - More construction is coming to Bay City, but the Michigan Department of Transportation says the small project that will make a big future impact.

M-13 has seen its fair share of construction over the past few years, but repaving the roadway from McGraw Street to Cass Avenue is setting the stage for the major reconstruction of the Lafayette Bridge in coming years.

“We may get to a point where we know what we need to do and we need to move quick and have it done within the year. We wont have time to go back and repair some of the other roads,” MDOT spokeswoman Jocelyn Hall said.

Last year, M-13 saw over five miles of repairs.

“We need to have those potential detour routes and other trunklines that may seen more traffic while that bridge is out of commission for work,” Hall said. “We want to make sure those roads are improved to the best of our abilities ahead of time.”

MDOT says this construction only concerns about half a mile of road and luckily will be done quickly.

Anybody who travels that route on a daily basis will see an improved road surface,” Hall said. “They’ll probably also notice improved operations at the signal at Cass Avenue because we replaced the detection equipment at that signal as well.”

The resurfacing and traffic light work will be finished over the weekend.

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