MARQUETTE - A half-million dollar road construction project to extend Commerce Drive through to Marquette County Road 492 in Marquette Township is slowing traffic along U.S. 41 West, especially during rush hour.
Marquette County Sheriff's deputies are urging motorists to be courteous and pay attention while traveling through the construction zone.
"Be patient and alert and look for people coming into to traffic from businesses," said Undersheriff Jack Schneider. "Keep a safe distance from other traffic."
Road construction to extend Commerce Drive through to Marquette County Road 492 in Marquette Township continues as a crew works to clear a path early this morning. (Journal photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
Police recommend motorists traveling along U.S. 41 near the intersection of Commerce Drive be aware of traffic merges and construction machinery along this stretch. (Journal photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
Motorists also need to be aware the U.S. 41 traffic merges to one lane on either side of Commerce Drive. Signs advising motorists to merge are in the area, but some drivers are waiting to the last minute.
Schneider said some traffic accidents have been reported from the area.
Construction is expected to be finished by November.
"Be patient and alert and look for people coming into traffic from businesses."
- Jack Schneider, undersheriff,
The project will allow a section of Marquette County Road 492 (Brookton Road) south of U.S. 41 to connect via Commerce Drive to a northern section of County Road 492 (Wright Street).
The project has been discussed and developed over the past several years and is designed to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety.
Included in the project is moving a traffic light from its current location at the entrance to the Westwood Mall east along U.S. 41 to the Commerce Drive intersection,.
The new connector road will be designed to a 35 mph road standard and is estimated it will carry about 1,300 vehicles each day. Pedestrian crosswalks will be put in, along with wheelchair ramps, for crossing U.S. 41. An 8-foot wide safety strip will be included on Commerce Drive to allow pedestrians to get to Brookton Road.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.