Marquette County road construction is still on schedule

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is working on multiple projects in Marquette County, primarily throughout Marquette Township and Ishpeming.

In Marquette Township, contractors are continuing work on the northern half of the two soon-to-be roundabouts between County Road 492, to just west of Brickyard Road. MDOT says they are also preparing to place the north half of the multi-use tunnel that will go underneath the highway just east of Menards.

"After the north side is completed, which will be early September, then we will switch traffic to the north side and work on the south side,” said Al Anderson, MDOT Construction Engineer.

Anderson says construction is going well as they prepare to enter the second half of phase two in the $10.9 million roundabout construction.

"What that means is we have one quadrant of the north side roundabout nearly completed and then we will be switching traffic after we pave later this week to go ahead and build the other half of that other side of the roundabout."

The entire project won't be completed until next year, but it will still be usable. All the pavement and dividers will be installed for the winter.

MDOT's Ishpeming project is 3.81 miles of cold milling and asphalt resurfacing, on business M-28 from US-41 to Gold Street in the cities of Ishpeming and Negaunee, costing about $1.8 million. The portion though Ishpeming is already paved. The remaining portion will be completed from September into October.