U.S. 41 resurfacing work to begin Tuesday

At a glance:

n The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin a resurfacing project on a 1.7 mile stretch of U.S. 41 through the city of Negaunee.

n MDOT is investing an estimated $3.6 million for pavement milling, asphalt resurfacing, curb and gutter replacement, drainage upgrades, pavement marking and sign upgrades.

NEGAUNEE — The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin a resurfacing project on a 1.7 mile stretch of U.S. 41 through the city of Negaunee starting Tuesday.

MDOT is investing an estimated $3.6 million for pavement milling, asphalt resurfacing, curb and gutter replacement, drainage upgrades, pavement marking and sign upgrades.

According to an MDOT press release, the project will begin approximately 900 feet east of Water Street and continue to the east, ending 500 feet east of Iroquois Drive.

During the drainage upgrades and curb and gutter replacement, traffic on U.S. 41 will be maintained on the center three lanes — one lane in each direction with a center-left turn lane.

Traffic shifts will be in effect during paving work, with one lane open in each direction.

The M-28 Business Route approach on Teal Lake Avenue will also be reconstructed for 180 feet south of U.S. 41.

During the M-28 Business Route approach reconstruction, traffic shifts will be used with one lane open in each direction, the release states.

“This repaving work will maintain the safety of the roadway,” the release said. “The new signs and pavement markings will make it easier for motorists to navigate through the area, especially at night.”

In addition to the milling and resurfacing work, the city of Negaunee will be constructing a water main from Croix Street during the project.

MDOT Superior Region Communications Representative Dan Weingarten said the work on the water main is likely to begin in the end of June.

According to the release, motorists should expect intermittent, short-term closures on U.S. 41 during a two-week period in the summer for rock blasting necessary for the water main construction.

The Negaunee City Council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with MDOT to construct the 683-foot water main extending from the east approach of Croix Street, near the Fox Negaunee dealership along U.S. 41, to Chippewa Drive.

The 8-inch water main allows for a looped water supply that is expected to improve water reliability to the Chippewa-Iroquois Court neighborhood.

The entire project is expected to be completed Sept. 22, the release said.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.