Drivers who use Gratiot Avenue in Mt. Clemens will be running into road construction starting next month.

The Michigan Department of Transportation Thursday announced the bridge carrying Gratiot, M-3, traffic over the Clinton River will be rebuilt as part of an $8.6 million project.

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Starting January 15th, northbound drivers will share the southbound lanes so crews can demolish and then rebuild the northbound bridge.  Traffic will be reduced to a single lane until late April.  

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Because of Natural Resources restrictions, crews cannot work in the river during spawning season, which runs from mid-March 15 to May 31, according to Drew Buckner, Manager of MDOT’s Macomb County Transportation Service Center. “We must start in January in order to have both bridges completed in one construction season.”

Crews will begin the process of replacing the southbound bridge in late April.  Traffic on Gratiot will be shifted to the newly rebuilt northbound bridge. During this traffic switch, crews will be able to maintain two lanes northbound and one lane southbound.

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All work is expected to be completed in late October.