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The Michigan Department of Transportation officials are slated to start a multimillion-dollar project this month to build a pedestrian bridge over M-5 in Commerce Township, the agency announced Wednesday.

The span will be north of Maple Road near Pontiac Trail and connect the Michigan Air Line Trail, allowing pedestrians to cross the highway, MDOT said in a statement.

While crews work through August, two lanes are expected to be open in each direction, and motorists can expect continuous shoulder closures. Concrete barriers will be placed on the shoulders of M-5 to separate the work zone from traffic, according to the release.

MDOT plans to close M-5 over two weekends between Maple Road and Pontiac Trail for bridge beam setting and other bridge work. Occasional single-lane closures are also anticipated.

The first weekend closure is scheduled in the spring to set bridge beams. The second weekend closure is expected to be in July to remove construction materials.

MDOT is investing $4.5 million in the effort, and the township also plans to contribute $1.1 million toward aesthetic upgrades, including special lighting and bridge railings, coordinators said.

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