Local briefing

Blasting to cause traffic delays

NEGAUNEE — The contractor for the Michigan Department of Transportation U.S. 41/M-28 repaving project in Negaunee will be conducting controlled drilling and blasting operations from today through Friday and again July 5-15.

Crews will drill holes and detonate charges. Blasts are expected from 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m., and after 6 p.m. during this period. The work is required to excavate rock for water main construction.

MDOT is resurfacing 1.7 miles of U.S. 41/M-28 through the city of Negaunee from east of Water Street to east of Iroquois Drive. MDOT will invest about $3.6 million for pavement milling, asphalt resurfacing, curb and gutter replacement, drainage upgrades, pavement marking, and sign upgrades. During this project, the City of Negaunee will be constructing water main from Croix Street (east approach) to Chippewa Drive. See the project map on Mi Drive at https://goo.gl/gug9C5.

Motorists should expect intermittent, short-term closures during blasting. Closures are expected to last for 10 minutes or less.

The project began in May and is expected to be completed in September.

Summer tax bills to be sent Friday

MARQUETTE — Summer tax bills totaling approximately $31.2 million dollars will be mailed to Marquette City property owners Friday.

The due date for payment of city summer taxes is Sept. 14.

Tax collection begins Saturday, and payments are accepted at the City Treasurer’s office without interest through Sept. 14. Interest of 1 percent is added to the summer tax bill on Sept. 15 and on the 15th of every following month.

The 2017 summer property tax bill represents millage levies for the City of Marquette, Library, Senior Millage, DDA, Marquette Public Schools, State Education, Marquette-Alger RESA, County Operating and Iron Ore Heritage Authority.