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Repair project on Cut River bridge behind schedule

Repair project on Cut River bridge behind schedule.

MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- The construction project on the Cut River Bridge is running behind schedule and isn't expected to open at the end of September like originally planned.

The Michigan Department of Transportation said the nearly $5 million project along US-2 is expected to be finished October 18, more than a month after the originally planned date.

The project started back in May and has forced a 3.6 mile detour around the bridge.

"During the project, our contractor encountered more deteriorated steel than initially anticipated," explained Dawn Gustafson, manager of the Newberry Transportation Service Center (TSC). "This meant adding more work, along with delays for fabrication."

The project includes structural repairs to the steel, joint repairs and painting.

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