Bridge work set to begin in Omer July 21


OMER — Traffic on the Rifle River bridge on US-23 in Omer will be reduced to one lane during a bridge improvement project that is set to begin Monday.

According to a press release from Anita Richardson of the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Office of Communications, the project is scheduled to last from July 21 to Oct. 24.

The press release shows the tentative phases of the project, which MDOT says will improve road quality and increase motorist safety.

In the first phase, July 21-Aug. 29, work will force one alternating lane of traffic to be open with a temporary traffic signal used to alert motorists when they can cross the bridge. From Aug. 29 through Sept. 10, all lanes are scheduled to be open to accommodate Labor Day traffic. In the final phase, Sept. 10 through Oct. 24, one lane will be open in each direction.

Sidewalks across the bridge will be closed for the duration of the project, according to the press release.


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