MARQUETTE - Major construction has wrapped up on the U.S. 41 construction project between Marquette and Harvey, but minor traffic disruptions will continue through at least mid-October.
"The work on the roadway - the paving - is completed and there is miscellaneous restoration, cleanup and guardrail work that still needs to be done," said Al Anderson, a Michigan Department of Transportation construction engineer, based in Ishpeming.
Anderson said the additional work will include a few minor lane closures and traffic disruptions, but said the project should be completed within a couple of weeks.
A stretch of U.S. 41, between Marquette and Harvey, is seen in this photo taken this morning. After much of the summer, work on the highway is all but complete. (Journal photo by Kyle Whitney)
The project, which started in late April, stretched south from the Carp River to the intersection of U.S. 41 and U.S. 28 in Harvey and included major reconstruction of much of the highway. The highway in Harvey, though not totally reconstructed, was milled and resurfaced.
In addition to improving the road surface, Anderson said the work should improve drainage along the highway. The highway now includes eight-foot shoulders and new ditches to assist in drainage.
Bacco Construction, from Iron Mountain, was the general contractor on the project and Anderson said the company is finishing up the work earlier than expected.
"The total completion was originally planned for the end of October," he said. "But the contractor made up time throughout the project."
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.