Marquette County Road 510 may see an expansion in the future
A significant crowd turned out to a town hall style meeting in Negaunee Township on Thursday, to talk about the possibility of expanding Marquette County Road 510.
"Everybody [got] together to air their views. Whether you're for or against, you hate it, you love it, you think it's good, you don't like it, everybody had ample opportunity to stand up, [and] see what we're talking about," says Negaunee Township Supervisor Gary Wommer.
Residents gathered at the Negaunee Township hall to have the chance to ask questions and state concerns about the beginnings of a proposal to connect CR 510 to US-41.
"510 is a road that comes off of Midway Drive. What we're trying to do is bring 510, because it is handling more and more traffic, we're trying to bring it right out to US-41," says Wommer.
There are five proposed options for routes at present, which were on display for attendees to view.
None of it is set in stone, and that includes whether or not the project will actually happen.
"It's public input and pressure that the public can put on our local elected officials especially at the state level that can maybe help make those improvements," says Jim Iwanicki, Engineer Manager for Marquette County Road Commission.
The $500,000 project will need a push from supportive community members to get it off the ground.
The next step will be to form an ad hoc committee on the matter. Officials say it will likely be informal, and has no member cap, but will serve as a lifeline between the township, the public, and state officials.
"This is government in America and it's great to see, we probably had 75 or 80 people here tonight," says Wommer. "It's great to see so many people that have an interest and they want to say so."