Getting Up North to your Northern Michigan vacation during Labor Day weekend just became much easier: to ease Michigan travel for Labor Day, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is once again halting a majority of its road projects for the Labor Day holiday weekend. AAA Michigan estimates 1.12 million motorists will be using Michigan roads and bridges during the last weekend before school starts.

Beginning at 3 pm on Friday, August 29th, and continuing until 6 am on Tuesday, September 2nd, 126 out of 156 projects statewide will have lane restrictions lifted. While some construction zones will be halted for the weekend, equipment and lane shifts will stay in place for remaining projects, requiring drivers to adjust their speed and pay attention.

“While many drivers will be enjoying this last holiday weekend, it’s important to remember that safety on the roads requires year-round attention,” said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Always buckle up, follow the posted speed limit, and don’t use your phone or text while driving. Let’s all work to ensure everyone has a great Labor Day weekend and makes it home safely.”

For up-to-date information on MDOT projects, view the list of statewide lane closures at

The following is a list of work zones that will remain active during the Labor Day weekend:

Upper Peninsula

  • I-75 near Rudyard, Chippewa County, will have a posted detour in effect for two projects between M-134 and M-48.
  • M-26, Houghton County, will have two lanes open between the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and Dollar Bay with a temporary roadway.
  • M-149 near Manistique, Schoolcraft County, will have a posted detour in effect at Dufour Creek.
  • US-2 in Ironwood, Gogebic County, will have eastbound traffic detoured via local roads in Hurley, Wis., and Ironwood.
  • US-2 near Manistique, Schoolcraft County, will have one lane open in each direction from east of the Delta/Schoolcraft county line to M-149. Wide loads restricted.

For more information, contact Dan Weingarten, Superior Region Communications Representative, at 906.250.4809.

North Lower Peninsula

  • US-23, Iosco County, will have a traffic shift south of Oscoda. Wide loads restricted.
  • Old US-131, Wexford County, will be closed to through-traffic from Boon Road to US-131 near Cadillac. Detour on US-131.

For more information, contact James Lake, North Region Communications Representative, at 906.250.0993.

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