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US 2 Business Route project to begin Aug. 9


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THE BUSINESS Route U.S. 2 resurfacing project in Ironwood will begin Aug. 9. Curb work underneath the sign where the route ends near Cloverland Drive has been completed.


Ironwood - The U.S. 2 Business Route improvement project in Ironwood will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 9, but resurfacing won't begin until Aug. 28, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

That means the resurfacing stage of the project will not occur until the Gogebic County Fair (Aug. 24-27) has ended.

BR-U.S. 2 extends from Cloverland Drive along Douglas Boulevard and then Aurora Street to the triangle with McLeod Avenue and Scott Street, near the border with Hurley.

The entire project is expected to run through late September, according to Dan Weingarten, MDOT spokesman.

A total of 1.3 miles, extending from Cloverland Drive to near the Wisconsin state line, will be resurfaced as MDOT invests $673,000 to mill and resurface the roadway.

Also included are drainage structure repairs and upgrading concrete sidewalk ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Concrete ramp work began in May.

The project also includes concrete joint repairs and resurfacing of .3 mile of U.S. 2, from the Wisconsin state line to west of Ironwood's Tourist Park Road.

The project begins next Wednesday with drainage structure work and the joint repairs are scheduled to begin Aug. 21.

Weingarten said daytime and night-time work will require lane shifts and lane closures that will be under flag control. Night work will be limited to a few nights in late August, he said.

"Some parking lanes will be closed, with parking available on side streets and city parking lots. Access to businesses will be maintained whenever possible," he said.

This summer's MDOT project follows the two-year total reconstruction of Cloverland Drive that ended in the fall of 2015.

For more information, contact Weingarten at 906-250-4809 or


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