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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Road construction is affecting two of the three locations in Muskegon County where drivers can cross the Muskegon River. A $1.4 million road improvement project on the Muskegon Causeway will have bridges there closed for the next three weeks.

During that time M-DOT will improve two bridges and resurface M-120 between US-31 Business Route and Holton Road.

During construction the Causeway will be completely closed to traffic. To avoid the Causeway drivers will follow posted detours to the East to cross the Muskegon River on US-31.

Bridge projects North of Muskegon and South of Russell Road are causing traffic back-ups as far South as Apple Avenue during the evening rush hour. The work on the Northbound lanes of US-31 could finish Friday, which will help traffic flow smother. Work on the Southbound lanes may finish one week after that.

Officers with the Muskegon Township Police Department and Michigan State Police are working to relieve the traffic congestion. During peak drive times select traffic lights will be operated manually. According to Muskegon Township Police Chief Ken Sanford that has helped to significantly reduce traffic problems since Monday.

M-DOT Spokesperson John Richard said Wednesday both road projects should be finished before May 25th. Initially both project were not scheduled to be worked on at the same time. But according to Richard the US-31 project didn't finish before the scheduled and posted start of the Causeway project. 

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