Upland Road made one-way during construction phase

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Michigan Technological University students walk to class down Upland Road Thursday. The Houghton City Council approved temporarily making the street one-way during the construction of an apartment building.

HOUGHTON — Upland Road will be made into a one-way street on a temporary basis while contractors use the uphill lane as they construct an apartment building.

“It’ll be wide enough for the downhill traffic and then walking traffic,” Houghton City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “We looked at it six ways from Sunday, and figured this is probably the best orientation for safe operation on that street with all the construction going on.”

A similar arrangement was in place during the construction of Hillside Place, Waara said.

City Councilman Mike Needham suggested keeping the street one-way after construction finishes and adding some parking, as is being done nearby to Seventh Avenue. Waara said that could potentially be done.

One resident had come to the meeting to ask about additional lighting for the area. Waara said it was one of several projects with which he and Michigan Technological University’s Executive Committee had discussed working collaboratively.

“Whether or not a new apartment building gets built there, that is a high-foot-traffic area early in the morning,” Waara said.