ISHPEMING - After months of construction and a few minor delays, Ishpeming's Partridge Creek project is nearly complete.
Construction on the Partridge Creek project began in May and should be completed in the coming weeks. Paving of the roads affected by the project is set to begin this week, Ishpeming City Manager Jered Ottenwess said.
"They just have some finishing work to do and no more major work left," Ottenwess said.
The construction phase of the Partridge Creek project is to be finished in the coming weeks. Paving of the roads affected by the construction, like Third Street, shown here, could start as soon as this week. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
The project was designed to reroute Partridge Creek from its path through mine workings under the city into the city's storm sewer system, which was in need of repair to handle the extra water. The creek was believed to be picking up mercury from the mine workings, which eventually made its way into Deer Lake. Deer Lake is identified as an Area of Concern by the state of Michigan due to mercury contamination.
As updates and repairs to the city's storm sewer system went forward, many streets in Ishpeming's downtown were dug up and closed periodically. The project has been tough on downtown business owners and the general public, Ottenwess said, especially now that school has started and Third Street has been closed.
"We've tried to minimize (disruption) as much as possible," Ottenwess said. "And I think we've done a good job at doing so."
According to the project agreement, contractor Oberstar Inc. was only allowed to close two intersections at a time.
As it nears completion, the project is expected to come in under budget, Ottenwess said.
"With a big construction project like this to come under budget is great," Ottenwess said. "So, I'm very pleased with it."
Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.