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 Vehicles maneuver through traffic barrels along the I-75 Business Loop Nov. 3. The project is expected to be completed mid-November after a few delays.

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Vehicles maneuver through traffic barrels along the I-75 Business Loop Nov. 3. The project is expected to be completed mid-November after a few delays.

OGEMAW TWP. — The Michigan Department of Transportation is hoping to put the finishing touches on its I-75 Business Loop reconstruction project in Ogemaw Township next week, according to James Lake, MDOT Communications Representative.

The project, which was originally expected to be completed in mid-October, had already seen its completion date pushed back to Oct. 21. Now, Lake said the delays have been because of trying to schedule subcontractors to finish the last pieces of the project.

“Our prime contractor for the project has had some additional delays, and those have been centered around trying to get some of their subcontractors for paving and rumble strip installation and culvert lining on the job as quickly as they’d want them to.”

Lake said this time of year there are quite a few projects around the state being wrapped up, and the subcontractors are in high demand, which can make it difficult to schedule them across all of the various projects.

However, the project is mostly completed, Lake said.

“At this point, all the paving is done, though we have some additional work to do,” he said.

The additional work includes culvert lining, rumble strip installation and line painting. Lake said the project should be completed by the end of next week.

The project began this July, and includes the complete reconstruction of the west end of the I-75 Business Loop west of Green Road to east of Gray Road — approximately 1.07 miles of roadway.

The concrete pavement along the route is being replaced with new hot mix asphalt, curb and gutter, drainage improvements and pavement markings. The project is estimated to cost around $2.058 million, and is being paid for with no local funds.

Businesses along the route have remained open throughout the project.