Dispatch: Significant backups on Escanaba River Bridge detour

South Hill Rd. in Gladstone, morning of Sept. 6, 2017.

ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - Delta County Central Dispatch received "a lot of calls" Wednesday morning about significant backups on the Escanaba River Bridge detour.

In a Facebook post, dispatch says there is "nothing we can do about the delays, but arrangements have been made in advance to ensure the quickest possible response for all Police/Fire/EMS calls."

Drivers are reminded to plan for extra time on their commutes over the next couple of days and to expect delays.

The bridge that takes US-2, US-41 and M-35 over the Escanaba River closed at 9 p.m. Tuesday for railroad bridge beam placement. The bridge is scheduled to reopen at 6 a.m. Friday.

Eastbound traffic is detoured on Delta County roads 426, 420, and 531, and M-35. The detour is reversed for westbound traffic.

MDOT is spending $20.5 million to replace both the US-2 bridge over the Escanaba River and the Escanaba and Lake Superior (E&LS) Railroad bridge. The two-year project will also include reconstructing and realigning 0.8 miles of roadway and replacing 3,000 feet of E&LS Railroad track.

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