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Work progressing at Marquette Senior High School

MARQUETTE — Marquette Senior High School is looking at late August for the completion of its major parking lot project.

Superintendent Bill Saunders provided an update at the Monday Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education meeting.

Smith Construction, based in Marquette, has made “some tremendous progress here,” Saunders said.

The majority of the work, which includes curbing, blacktop and sidewalks, is expected to be completed around Aug. 20, he noted.

In a previous interview with The Mining Journal, Saunders said MSHS is undergoing a major upgrade of its parking lots and grounds this summer at an estimated cost of $2 million. One improvement will be a new drop-off/pick-up loop for parents along Fair Avenue that aligns with the school’s front entrance to alleviate traffic problems.

There also will be sewer and stormwater drain work as well as new blacktop, light poles around the parking lot and an exterior camera system for security.

A new digital marquee will display all MSHS events and activities, Saunders said, and there will be charging stations for electric vehicles.

Saunders told the board on Monday some unexpected issues have come up, such as replacing two catch basins that weren’t due to be replaced at a cost of $7,500. Also, on the far side of the parking lot close to the football field, it was discovered the water lines coming into the building are only 4 feet deep.

“They’re not due to be replaced, but what we’ll probably see is a change order to insulate all those lines, so we’ll put insulation on top of those to keep those from freezing,” Saunders said.

He said he would keep the board updated on future change orders.

“It is starting to take shape and looking pretty good over there,” Saunders said.

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