May 08-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: May: May 08-09
Going south on the Lift Bridge    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Mary Drew
Around the bend    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Mary Drew
M-26 towards the Mall    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Mary Drew
Heading back on M-26, toward the bridge    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Mary Drew
Follow the detour signs    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Mary Drew
Temporary stop light in place    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Mary Drew
Up around the corner    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Mary Drew

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 07:45 am:

In case you haven't heard, the road construction project in Downtown Houghton has begun and the detours seem to be flowing pretty smoothly. Earlier this week, I remembered to bring my camera and snapped a few shots along the way. We begin by crossing over the Lift Bridge, where it narrows to one lane to the right, then as you round the curve, you stay in the right lane and head west on M-26 up towards the Mall Corridor. The lanes are well marked with those little orange and white sticks, so it's pretty easy to follow, actually.
Then on the return trip, you head towards the bridge, following the detour signs. If you're going south, either into Houghton or further, you stay in the right lane. If you're heading across the bridge to Hancock and beyond, then you stay in the left lane, where there's a handy stop light set up to help cars ease into the cross traffic heading in the opposite direction. Once you get the green light, just stay in your lane and it takes you around the curve and right onto the bridge.

Don't let all those detour signs and road construction lane marking sticks scare you. I was actually a bit nervous the first time, but once into the thick of it, I found it was pretty easy to negotiate since it's marked quite well. Just take it easy and drive cautiously. Hopefully we can get through this improvement project without too many fender benders. :-> For more information about the project and the detour routes, click on the following links:

MDOT - US41 - Houghton
City of Houghton
MTU Detour Information for Summer

On a sidenote... remember the Downtown Houghton businesses are still OPEN and accessible with the side streets from either Montezuma Ave. or Lake Street, which runs behind Franklin Square Inn and goes right through to the Chutes and Ladders Park and back up onto M-26. There's ample parking under and on the deck, along with parking on Sheldon Avenue wherever the construction hasn't quite reached yet. So be sure to still frequent the local downtown businesses!
Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 07:50 am:

Looks like fun!!

By Serena Sturm (Serena) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 08:04 am:

TGIF!! Great pics Mary!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 08:11 am:

In a sense, eveything that was one way, is now two way.

By D. Clark (Dcclark) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 08:14 am:

It's very confusing the first time or two, but the detour around the loop starts making sense pretty quickly. But WOW -- it's hard to go down Montezuma backwards! It's like I've never seen those buildings that way before (mainly because I haven't)!

By Margy Davis (Michmargy) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 11:10 am:

Construction and all! I still want to be up there!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 12:06 pm:

I was also scared of the detour at first but its not so bad. DClark, I also have noticed things I didn't before going the wrong way on Montezuma. Because of the detour its almost easier downtown, like Mary said all the decks are open. Its just Shelden that is not fully useable. Working in town is not the nightmare I thought it would be this summer so don't avoid it!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 12:12 pm:

Which Street is Montezuma?

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 12:19 pm:

Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha):
"Which Street is Montezuma? "

Da next one up da hill from Shelden Ave. (usually one way eastbound only).

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 02:58 pm:

Those are good road pictures (not referring 2 the Bob Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour films {lol}).

By David Soumis (Davesou) on Friday, May 8, 2009 - 06:17 pm:

I'll see it tomorrow or Sunday ...Can't wait !!

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