April 30, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 101

Rising water levels force bridge on M-28 to close

EWEN — The Michigan Department of Transportation closed the bridge on M-28 over the South Branch of the Ontonagon River just east of Ewen Monday at 2 p.m.

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Larry Holcombe/Daily Globe
The M-28 is closed at the bridge over the South Branch of the Ontonagon River Monday afternoon. Michigan Department of Transportation officials closed the bridge as water was 7.5 above flood stage and rising at 12:20 p.m. Monday.

At 3:30, the water was still rising according to Ontonagon County Road Commission officials, but the water was not over the road.

Truck traffic was being detoured on M-64, M-38 and U.S. 45. Lighter traffic was rerouted to a bridge just south of M-28, adding a 3.5 mile detour, according to Jerry Mattson of the OCRC. Mattson, one of many OCRC workers working at high-water locations around the county, was directing traffic at the M-28 brid...