By JIM ANDERSON
IRON MOUNTAIN - Bids to restore Quinnesec-Lake Antoine Road to all-season status will be opened Aug. 2 by the Michigan Department of Transportation, with work possibly beginning in September.
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The repair work on Quinnesec-Lake Antoine Road could begin this September, Dickinson County Road Commission officials said.
MDOT's completion deadline for the five-mile project is June 1, 2014, said Lance Malburg, Dickinson County Road Commission engineer.
The estimated $2.8 million upgrade will be aided substantially by a Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category A grant, as well as Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds. The estimated $300,000 remaining share will be paid by the road commission and the city of Iron Mountain.
"We would hope that the contractor could at least start this fall," Malburg said.
The economic development grant, announced by MDOT officials in September 2012, was tied to 190 new jobs at Systems Control, an operating division of Northern Star Industries. The company has invested approximately $10.6 million in a new building and equipment at its Iron Mountain facility.
Lake Antoine Road connects U.S. 2 near Quinnesec to U.S. 2/U.S. 141 on the north side of Iron Mountain. In addition to providing a bypass of downtown Iron Mountain for large vehicles, it is an access to the main driveway for Systems Control.
About one-fourth of the MDOT project falls within Iron Mountain's city limits and the rest is in Breitung Township.
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