Bridge replacement and repaving of over eight miles


Resurfacing portions of M-53 in Goodland Township is part of a project that is expected to take at least three months to complete. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.

GOODLAND TWP. — The drive on M-53, north of Imlay City, is about to get more challenging in the coming weeks and months.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is investing $9.8 million to resurface 8.2 miles of M-53 from south of Bowers Road to Deanville Road in Lapeer County.

The nearly $10 million investment is sure to snarl traffic, despite the utilization of traffic control signs within the construction zone.

According to MDOT officials, the project will include milling and resurfacing, joint repairs, drainage, guardrail, pavement markings, and replacing the M-53 bridge over Elk Lake Creek. The planned beginning date is set for Monday, May 13 and should be completed by August, weather depending.

Traffic restrictions will feature single-lane closures which will be implemented during milling and resurfacing work. Starting June 3, M-53 will be closed during the replacement of the bridge over Elk Lake Creek near Armstrong Road.

During the closure, northbound M-53 traffic will be detoured via Bowers Road, Lake Pleasant Road, and Clear Lake Road, while southbound M-53 traffic will be detoured via Clear Lake Road, Lake Pleasant Road, and Bowers Road.

Truck traffic on northbound M-53 will be detoured via I-69, M-24, and M-90, while southbound M-53 will be detoured via M-90, M-24, and I-69.

Based on economic modeling, MDOT officials say this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 119 jobs. The work is intended to improve M-53 while addressing important bridge repairs to ensure operations and safety of the road.