By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - Construction work on Quinnesec-Lake Antoine Road is progressing, and officials from the Dickinson County Road Commission hope to have the east-west segment of the road and the intersection with Upper Pine Creek Road open to local traffic by the end of the day on Monday.
Construction crews work on Quinnesec-Lake Antoine Road near Lake Antoine Park. Officials hope to open Upper Pine Creek Road to local traffic by the end of the day on Monday.
All remaining work will be done under flag control.
However, detour signs will remain posted through the week of Sept. 16 to allow for the installation of several deep cross culverts on the north-south segment of the road.
"To help speed up the construction and improve the safety of the workers, it is asked that vehicles avoid the construction area if possible while the work is under way," said road commission officials. "Local access will be allowed for those with property or business along the route."
The detour route is U.S. 2 through downtown Iron Mountain.
Work on the project started Tuesday when the intersection of Quinnesec-Lake Antoine Road and Upper Pine Creek Road was closed so crews could complete peat excavation.
Officials said that the excavation was expected to be finished on Friday. Crews now need to backfill the intersection and begin replacing the cross culverts on the east-west road segment before they start work on the north-south segment.
Payne & Dolan Inc. of Gladstone is the contractor for the project, which has a scheduled completion date of June 1, 2014.
The project includes replacing cross culverts, crushing the old pavement into the gravel base, repaving the road, and widening the paved shoulder.
According to road commission engineer Lance Malburg, large volumes of vehicles on Quinnesec-Lake Antoine Road over the years have nearly destroyed the pavement. In recent years, load limits had to be placed on the road.
After the project is completed, the road will be able to handle the traffic, said Malburg.
Funding for the estimated $2.8 million endeavor will come from a Transportation Economic Development Fund Category A grant, Surface Transportation Program funds, and $300,000 shared by the road commission and the city of Iron Mountain.
About one-fourth of the project falls within Iron Mountain's city limits, while the rest is in Breitung Township.
Nikki Younk's e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.