NEWS - M-55 resurfacing through Prudenville, Houghton Lake starts April 1

March 20, 2024


James Lake

M-55 resurfacing through Prudenville, Houghton Lake starts April 1


GAYLORD, Mich. - On April 1, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin a $6.1 million project to resurface nearly 10 miles of M-55 from US-127 through Houghton Lake and Prudenville to the M-18 north junction, replace concrete curb and gutter, and make improvements to pedestrian path accessibility. The roadway’s existing four- and five-lane configuration will remain the same after project completion.


MDOT also plans to line culverts and storm sewer pipes along this corridor as part of a separate $1 million maintenance contract. That work is expected to begin in May or June, and will be done concurrently with the resurfacing project.








Closest cities:

Prudenville, Houghton Lake


Start date:

Monday, April 1, 2024


Estimated end date:

Friday, Sept. 6, 2024


Traffic restrictions:

This work will require lane closures and traffic shifts.


Jobs numbers:

Based on economic modeling, this investment is expected to directly and indirectly support 101 jobs.


Safety benefit:

This project will include accessibility upgrades to the pedestrian pathway along the corridor, as well as new pavement markings.



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