Negaunee working with MDOT on water main project

The city of Negaunee’s recent decision to OK the construction of a new water main through the U.S. 41 rock-cut between Croix Street and Chippewa Drive appears to be a win-win situation.

Last week, the council approved installing an 8-inch main permitting improved water service to the Chippewa-Iroquois Court neighborhood.

The council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation for a maximum $331,230 to construct the 683-foot water main, which will extend from the east approach of Croix Street near the Fox Negaunee dealership along U.S. 41 to Chippewa Drive.

The council also approved an agreement not to exceed $18,500 with Tri-Media Consultants to manage oversight for the installation of the water main, which will be completed in conjunction with a $3.6 million MDOT mill and overlay project to be completed during the upcoming construction season.

According to a top MDOT Superior Region official, the entire mill and overlay project is scheduled to begin in May, with completion in September. The MDOT project will start approximately 900 feet east of Water Street and continue about 1.7 miles to the east ending 500 feet east of Iroquois Drive, the official said.

Positioning these public works projects so they fall into place along with MDOT work — something similar occurred last year in Ishpeming with the construction of the roundabouts — has all kinds of benefits, not the least of which is impact on surrounding neighborhoods and passing motorists. Getting things done all at once has its advantages.

In addition, it’s not hard to imagine a certain degree of cost savings is realized when following that protocol.

And the people in the Chippewa-Iroquois Court neighborhood get vastly improved water service.