MDOT, City of Munising hold public meeting for M-28 construction

MUNISING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Department of Transportation and the City of Munising held an informational public meeting on Tuesday to talk about the reconstruction and rehabilitation of M-28.

The meeting, held at American Legion Post 131, provided information about the $13.8 million project.

The expansive project will reconstruct and resurface parts of M-28, implement a roundabout at M-28 and H-58, and will use rural development funding to complete water maintenance.

"It was originally scheduled to be a simple rehabilitation project, and through partnering with the city and obtaining these additional grant monies, we were able to make this project more of a reconstruct project," says Dawn Gustafson, MDOT Newberry TSC Manager. "This enabled the community to have a whole new feel and impression of the city. As people come in, you're going to get a warm welcome, welcome to Munising."

The project received Transportation Alternatives Programs (TAP) grants, and will now incorporate green spaces, a multi-use path, and lighting.

MDOT is also looking to the public for their input on the construction, including location of things like bike racks and trash cans, and the color of the concrete in the new roundabout.

"One key element of it is a public input - there's a virtual public input portion to this project. And we're looking to get the input of what the residents actually want to see and feel when they're done," says Gustafson.

Input can be given at, visit this link.

The project will be done in nine phases. Phases one through five will be complete in 2020, while phases six through nine will be done in 2021.

City officials recognize the potential chaos of construction, but are optimistic about the long-term outcome.

"The redesign of the corridor should improve traffic flow through town for most pedestrians, and locals, and visitors, and we're looking forward to it," says Mayor Rob DesJardins.

He says these fixes are a must for the community.

"Once we have this piece complete, 95 percent of this community's infrastructure will be new. And that's a good place to be," says DesJardins.

For more information on the project, such as detours or traffic patterns, visit visit The City of Munising's Wesbite

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