College Avenue Reconstruction & MDOT Road Projects 2022-2027

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The current detour around the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) rebuilding project on US 41 College Avenue is now planned to remain in place until late October.

The traffic configuration was expected to be changed in August, but more extensive excavation work for underground utilities has taken longer than expected, delaying paving and requiring the detour extension.

Northbound US-41 remains on its normal route, while southbound US-41 is detoured. The detour route begins on southbound M-26 at the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Sharon Avenue and ends at MacInnes Drive. Local traffic is maintained along Montezuma Avenue to Shelden Avenue. US-41 traffic must turn back on Shelden Avenue at Franklin Square.

MDOT and the city of Houghton are investing about $9.6 million to rebuild 1.1 miles of US-41. This year’s work will focus on the segment from Isle Royale Street to Pearl Street and include widening College Avenue to add a center left-turn lane, storm sewer improvements, and city sanitary sewer and water main replacements. Work also is under way on East Montezuma Avenue. The project began in 2021 and is expected to be completed this fall. 

College Avenue Traffic Control July 2022

Mi Drive map for checking on up-to-date construction delays and closures: 

MDOT Construction Projects Planned 2023-2027:

Project Information for College Avenue Provided by MDOT: MDOT Construction 2023-2027

Project Overview

Lane Reconfiguration

East Montezuma Configuration

College Avenue Reconfiguration

Townsend Drive Reconfiguration

Pedestrian Improvements

Historic Properties and Considerations

Utility Upgrades

Maintaining Traffic

Project Contacts

aerial view of the city of Houghton and lift bridge