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MDOT holds public meeting for US-31 project

EMMET COUNTY, MI (WPBN/WGTU) -- If you travel on US-31, you might be familiar with a bumpy stretch of road near Pellston.

The Michigan Department of Transportation held a public meeting Wednesday night to talk about its project to fix that stretch of road.

Starting April 17, crews will rebuild four miles of road from Douglas Road to East Levering Road.

Crews will have to dig up several feet of bad soil underneath the road, replace it, then pave the road over it.

"It's probably one of our worst stretches here in northern Michigan and it's needed attention for a long time," said James Lake, a communications representative from MDOT. "We had to wait for funding to be available, but fortunately this year were going to be able to reconstruct about four miles, the worst section between Pellston and Levering."

One of the reasons for the public meeting is to address concerns over the detour which will use I-75 and M-68 to get around it.

James Lake said many of the people from the area they spoke to already know other, quicker ways to get around that stretch of road.

MDOT plans to have the five million dollar project done by the end of October.

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