MDOT traffic alert: Thursday’s Portage Lake Lift Bridge closure postponed

HOUGHTON LAKE, MI – A two-hour closure of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge scheduled for 2-4 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, has been postponed due to a forecast of extremely cold weather.Portage Lake Lift Bridge

The closure is now scheduled to take place from 2-4 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.

Also, as previously announced, the bridge will be closed from 2-4 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18. These closures will likely result in delays for motorists. Additional two-hour closures will be scheduled at a later date.

The contractor for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be lowering balance chains on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, part of ongoing necessary maintenance work.

Snowmobile traffic on the lower bridge deck will not be affected by these closures.

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