Fife Lake roundabout construction to enter final stage

The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $1.8 million to build a new roundabout at the intersection of US-131, M-186 and West State Street in Fife Lake and the project is about to enter its final stage.

FIFE LAKE — The Michigan Department of Transportation is investing $1.8 million to build a new roundabout at the intersection of US-131, M-186 and West State Street in Fife Lake and the project is about to enter its final stage.

On Saturday, detour for the US-131 and M-186 roundabout in Fife Lake will change to coincide with the start of the final stage of the traffic structure's construction. During this final stage of construction, southbound US-131 traffic will be detoured on M-186 and M-113, while northbound US-131 traffic will be maintained on US-131 through a portion of the new roundabout.

The temporary traffic signal at the M-113/M-186 intersection, however, will remain in place but stop signs for US-131 traffic at the M-113 intersection will be removed.

This work on the project has required several stages of construction and detours since it started last April.

During the first and second stages, M-186 was closed to through-traffic between US-131 and M-113 to the west of the roundabout, with a detour on M-113 and US-131. Local traffic on M-186 will be maintained. Those stages started in April and were completed in mid-May.

During the third stage, US-131 was closed to through-traffic between M-186 and M-113 to the south of the roundabout, with traffic detoured on M-113 and M-186. Local traffic on US-131 was maintained. A temporary traffic signal was placed at the M-113/M-186 intersection, and a temporary all-way stop was in place at the US-131/M-113 intersection. This stage started in mid-May and will be completed by Saturday.

With the start of the fourth and final stage Saturday, it is expected to be completed by late July.

The project includes new concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk, culverts, sewer and drainage upgrades and new signs and pavement markings. This new roundabout will help prevent severe crashes at this intersection while maintaining traffic flow.

For more information on the benefits of roundabouts, visit www.Michigan.gov/Roundabout

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