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Expect construction, one lane open on Belle Isle’s MacArthur Bridge

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Anyone who’s visited Detroit’s island park this winter has likely noticed construction happening on the east side of the island, as Lake Okonoka is being reconfigured. Now visitors can expect construction going to and from the island, as the MacArthur Bridge undergoes needed repairs.

MDOT announced this week that, along with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, they’re investing $3.4 million into bridge repairs. This will include pavement repairs to the bridge and sidewalk, joint replacement, concrete repairs, and an epoxy overlay.

One lane is expected to be open until Memorial Day and after Labor Day until construction is complete. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, one lane will be open Monday through Thursday. According to MDOT, all lanes will be open during weekends and the following special events:

  • Detroit Grand Prix: 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31 to 6 a.m. Monday, June 4
  • Freedom Fireworks: 3 p.m. Monday, June 25 to 6 a.m. Thursday, July 5
  • Detroit Free Press Marathon: 3 p.m. Saturday, October 20 to 6 a.m. Monday, October 22

Those walking and cycling to the island may also have limited access.

Construction should finish up in late fall.

Curious about other construction around the state and region? MDOT released their 2018 construction map, and here’s what we can expect in southeast Michigan.