BRIDGMAN — A major renovation project is underway at Warren Dunes State Park between Sawyer and Bridgman.
The main entrance to the park at 12032 Red Arrow Highway will be completely closed until May 17 as Michigan Department of Transportation workers complete a $1.1 million road project, Park Supervisor Andrew Montgomery said.
The road project includes asphalt overlays, full-depth concrete pavement repairs, fog sealing and the addition of road shoulders. Further, a new lane will be added to the park entrance road to help reduce traffic buildup on Red Arrow Highway during the busy season.
There initially was hope that vehicle access could be limited to one lane throughout the road project(which began on April 15), but the decision later was made to close access completely.
The first phase of work is funded and overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Phase 2 of the project, to cost $2.3 million, will be ongoing throughout the summer with an expected completion date of October or November. This includes replacement of the north and south toilet and bathhouse buildings in the park’s day use area. Additionally, new food truck pads will be constructed to make room for more food truck vendors.
A centrally located rest room facility constructed several years ago is in place.
Portable toilets will be available during construction of the new restroom buildings, Montgomery said. He said this is the first major renovation at the park since 2004. Montgomery added that the new roads should welcome visitors to the park by Memorial Day.
“We shouldn’t miss a beat for the summer,” Montgomery explained.
Gary Jones, district manager for the DNR’s Plainwell district, suggests that anyone planning to visit Warren Dunes State Park this spring should first visit Michigan/gov/DNRClosures for status updates regarding closures and detours.