Section of US-23 to be closed for railroad crossing replacement


STANDISH — The Michigan Department of Transportation will detour US-23 traffic south of Standish to accommodate the reconstruction of a Lake State Railway Co. crossing in Arenac County starting Monday, Oct. 22.

The tracks and the surrounding pavement will be replaced at the railway intersection on US-23 in an effort to make the crossing smoother for vehicles, MDOT Communications Representative Jocelyn Hall said.

“I drove over (the tracks) just last weekend and it does definitely need to be replaced,” Hall said. “It will make a nice, smooth roadway approach and a nice, smooth crossing for vehicles.”

Hall said the project will require closing and detouring US-23 via the US-23 connector, I-75, and M-61.

While the project is scheduled to be completed by Friday, Nov. 2, Hall said it is possible that it will be completed earlier and overall, the work is dependent on the weather.

“One of the reasons we try to be cautious when we set these kinds of deadlines for ourselves is because we do know that in the state of Michigan, our weather is unpredictable,” Hall said. “When we are working on a project at this time of year, we’re going to give ourselves the two weeks knowing that there is the greater likelihood of us running into inclement weather.”

Hall said MDOT will open the road as soon as the work is completed.

“We understand that it is an inconvenience,” Hall said. “(The motorists’) patience is appreciated and we are pretty certain that they will be appreciative of the final outcome.”


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