MDOT plans resurfacing project in downtown Kalkaska

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

Photo by Dennis Mansfield

Motorists traveling in and out of Kalkaska County will face various delays due to ongoing road construction in the area. Above, road crews have been working a six-mile stretch of M-72 from just outside of Grayling to the Kalkaska/Crawford County line that will be rebuilt over the spring and summer months.


REGION – Already having to deal with ongoing road projects to the south and east of Kalkaska, area motorists might want to prepare for yet another project in the heart of the village’s downtown district.

At a recent meeting of the Kalkaska Village Council, Rick Liptak, regional manager of the Michigan Department of Transportation office in Traverse City, informed council members of a pending $1.2-million project to mill and resurface a 2.2-mile section of US-131, from the intersection with M-72 south of the village to the second M-72 intersection at the northern end of Kalkaska.

The project will also include various joint repairs, as well as related sidewalk work and ADA upgrades, according to MDOT officials.

“We’ll start at the southern end of the village and go to the north village limits,” Liptak said, adding that the project through the heart of downtown Kalkaska calls for two inches of asphalt to be milled away and then a new surface being paved over it.

“It seems like a lot, but it’s not,” he added.

The upcoming project is slated to start in mid to late September and be finished by the end of November.

“The reason it’s so late in the year is we just have a ton of projects,” Liptak said.

Area motorists are already dealing with two projects on Kalkaska County’s southern and eastern borders.

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