MDOT: 14 Mile Road Improvements Over US-131 Begin Monday Near LeRoy

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced Tuesday that they are investing $1.3 million to improve Luther Road (14 Mile Road) bridge over US-131, and work is expected to begin Monday, April 4.

The money is not coming from the recent Building Michigan Together Plan.

“The bridge is about 40 years old, but with proper maintenance- a little TLC- these things can last another 40, 50 years,” says MDOT Communications Representative John Richard.

According to MDOT, work includes concrete barrier replacement, partial deck replacement, substructure repair, new expansion joints, epoxy overlay of the deck, approach work and new guardrail.

These improvements will provide a safer and smoother driving surface, as well as extend the service life of the bridge.

Richard says there is always concerns about materials and delays in project completion.  But especially now with supply and demand issues and more projects coming from the Building Michigan Together Plan.

“It’s really a great thing because over the last couple of decades we have really had to stretch a dollar,” says Richard. “Instead of reconstructing the road, we would resurface a road to stretch a dollar. But now, with this new money coming in, we can fully reconstruct a road from the ground up, which of course makes the road last a lot longer. So this is great for everybody.”

Lane closures will be in effect on US-131. Luther Road (14 Mile Road) will be closed and traffic will be detoured using Mackinaw Trail, 200th Avenue, LeRoy Road and 210th Avenue.

MDOT says the project is expected to be completed by Friday, July 29.