Massive Road Project: January meeting to outline College Avenue plan

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Franklin Square is one of the areas that will be redone as part of the reconstruction of College Avenue in 2021. The Michigan Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on the project sometime in January.

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will hold a meeting in January to provide more details on the road reconstruction and turn lane installation project to be done on College Avenue.

Slated for 2021, the project will include the installation of a left turn lane on College Avenue.

A date for the meeting has not been set.

The city will also be working with MDOT on scoping for the project. The Department of Public Works met with MDOT engineers looking at water and sewer needs on College Avenue. Folding that into the MDOT project would be the most cost-effective portion, similar to the Shelden Avenue reconstruction, city manager Eric Waara said Wednesday.

“Right now, it looks like we probably should do about $1 million worth of work while we have College Avenue torn up,” he said.

That project will be scoped out in the next four to six weeks. After that, Waara said, the city would apply for a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development division to combine the work with MDOT’s project.

The city will also pursue grants through MDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program for things such as additional sidewalks and street lighting.

“We need to get through the additional scoping of their project to figure out what else we would like to see out there,” he said.