BRIDGMAN — A major renovation project is underway at Warren Dunes State Park near Bridgman, but visitors can still get into some areas as work is underway.

“We shouldn’t miss a beat for the summer,” park Supervisor Andrew Montgomery explained. 

Current vehicle access is limited to one lane, and sections of the park are blocked off as a major road project is underway. This $1.1 million 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.

This first phase of work should be completed by May 20, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The 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. 

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.

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 park roads. 

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