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Port Huron — Work on the Blue Water Bridge will temporarily cut the number of lanes on the international crossing in half.

The Michigan Department of Transportation says resurfacing of the westbound span will start in April and be completed by July 1. MDOT and Blue Water Bridge Canada, co-owners of the bridge, are coordinating work that also includes waterproof undercoating.

The Times Herald of Port Huron reports the original span, built in 1937 and now handling westbound traffic to Port Huron, will be closed during the work.

The eastbound span to Sarnia, Ontario, will accommodate one lane of traffic in each direction. There will be two lanes available in each direction as vehicles approach the toll plazas. Last year, officials say about 5.3 million vehicles crossed the bridge.

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