Chassell project part of summer road list

Kurt Hauglie/Daily Mining Gazette A project to repair concrete on U.S. 41 near Chassell required the closure of one lane on Friday.

CHASSELL — The Michigan Department of Transportation has several projects happening this summer in parts of the Copper Country besides the reconstruction of Front Street in Hancock.

Dan Weingarten, communications representative for MDOT in the Ishpeming Transportation Service Center, said on July10, a project to repair concrete on U.S. 41 near Chassell began. The project includes various sections of the road from North Entry Road to Seventh Street in Chassell.

Al Anderson, project manager with MDOT in the Ishpeming Transportation Service Center, said several other projects are taking place this summer, including repairs to parts of U.S. 45 in Ontonagon County and M-26 from the Portage Lake Lift Bridge to Green Acres Road in Houghton, which will start in August.

Anderson said the planned work for the projects includes asphalt resurfacing, concrete pavement, curb, gutter, sidewalk, ramp and concrete joint repair and pavement markings.

“We’ll also be resurfacing the shoulders,” he said.

Weingarten said on Thursday in Chassell a 24-hour flag operation closing one lane began to allow for pouring of concrete.

“That will give it extra time to cure,” he said.

The flag operation also reduces the time the road is one lane only, Weingarten said. The road should be back to two lanes on Saturday.

The three projects should be done in early autumn, Anderson said.

“Oct. 6 is when the work at all the locations should be completed,” he said.

Anderson said there is another paving project taking place on M-28. That project is 7.5 miles in two locations, including from U.S. 41 to west of U.S 141 in Covington, and from the Houghton and Ontonagon county line through Trout Creek at Calderwood Road.