PORTAGE, MI — Drivers should expect to see brief lane closures today and Wednesday on Portage Road.

The intermittent lane closures began at 8 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, on Portage Road, south of Romence Road at Pfizer Circle, according to a press release from the city of Portage.

The closures are necessary for the placement of steel plates across the road to protect it from future construction activities, the release said.

Additionally, the eastbound curb lane on Romence Road west of Portage Road and the eastbound right-turn only lane east of Portage Road will be closed.

The lane closures will be completed by Wednesday, June 2, weather permitting, the release said.

The work is being completed as part of Pfizer’s facility expansion. Officials broke ground March 31 on the new production facility. Motorists may wish to seek an alternate route to avoid delays.

Related: Pfizer breaks ground on $450 million expansion in Portage

The new facility, “one of the world’s most technically advanced sterile injectable pharmaceutical production facilities — known as Modular Aseptic Processing,” will be a multi-story, 420,000-square-foot production engine in Kalamazoo County, according to a press release from Pfizer.

Construction on the facility is expected to be complete in 2023.

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