Baraga water line work ongoing

Contractors hope to finish project at U.S. 41 and Fourth Street ‘before the snow flies’

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette The intersection of Fourth Street and Bowling Avenue in Baraga has been made passable again. Work along U.S. 41 will continue until the winter freeze.

BARAGA — The Baraga Village Council received an update on the water line replacement happening along U.S. 41 and Fourth Street from Jim Koskiniemi of UP Engineers at its meeting this week.

MJO Contracting is going to try and get the pipeline work along U.S. 41 done “before the snow flies,” Koskiniemi said.

No matter how much is complete, snowfall will halt the work for the year.

The length along Fourth Street was connected on Tuesday, after being pressure tested.

“That should hopefully be cleaned up real soon for your bus to get through there,” Koskiniemi told council member Sandra Johnson, who drives a school bus down the street to pick up a student who uses a wheelchair.

After the meeting, Johnson went to the intersection of Fourth Street and Bowling Avenue and found that MJO had already made the intersection passable for her bus Wednesday morning.

“The idea is to get it paved,” Koskiniemi said. “I’m not sure there’s a lot of paving going on right now.”

He is unsure if the state-level labor dispute between the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association and Operators Union, Local 324 will impact the project. Paved or not, the intersection should remain passable through the winter.

“They are going to be responsible for making sure that it stays drivable,” Koskiniemi said.

The possibility of putting storm sewer along Fourth Street as part of the project was also brought up. Koskiniemi said he would coordinate with the contractor to see if it was feasible to add at such a late stage of the project.

Planned work along Third Street and M-38 will be held until next year.