Upper Peninsula, Michigan – August 12, 2010 — Beating the scheduled completion date by two months, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will reopen the I-75 Business Spur (Ashmun Street) by tomorrow.
Though some work remains, the detour will be lifted on the business spur after crews have reconstructed the street between 10th Street and Easterday Avenue. The project also included replacement of the city of Sault Ste. Marie’s underground utilities in the area.


“The entire community has been very patient during construction,” said John Batchelder, manager of MDOT’s Newberry Transportation Service Center (TSC).  “Given the amount of construction happening in the city this year, we’re very pleased to restore traffic early on this heavily traveled route.”
Batchelder credits Cordes Excavating of Hillman, Mich., the prime contractor on the project, and MDOT construction staff, with the project’s early completion.
The $2.5 million project started May 5, and has a contract completion date of Oct. 14. During construction, Ashmun Street in the project area was under a full detour on city streets.
Separate projects on the Easterday overpass over I-75 and the city’s project on the Portage Avenue portion of the I-75 Business Spur are ongoing. They are scheduled for completion this fall

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