US 31 Reconstruction Project Begins in Petoskey

“I think it’s going to cause some problems but I think everybody will figure it out and get through it.”

Monday was a confusing day for many drivers along  U.S. 31.

A more than $11 million re-construction project in Emmet County entered a new phase.

The project de-tours drivers on U.S. 31 north through Petoskey.

Right now U.S. 31 between Mitchell

Street and Fairview Avenue is closed.

A detour takes drivers along Mitchell Street, Division Street, Arlington Avenue and MacDonald Drive.

U.S. 31 south is open, but down to one lane.

MDOT is working to rebuild and realign U.S. 31 and the retaining wall beneath the highway on Bayfront Drive.

The detour sends driver straight through downtown Petoskey.

But local business have mixed feelings about the next few months.

“We have to do it before somebody falls off the cliff over there. I mean I suppose if you say all the traffic is routed right by my store maybe that will help me but I think the general level of confusion and all that’s going to make things a little more difficult for everybody,” says Marty Scott, coowner of Northern Michigan Artists Market.

Drivers can expect detours until June.

The whole project is expected to be finished in September.