It’s exciting to see the City of Marquette mold its layout. Since last year at this time, much progress has been made on numerous projects.
Last year, I touched on some of the projects that began in Marquette in the post ‘City Updates Abound.’ Let’s compare & see where the progress sits this year:
- New hospital: the crews working are making substantial progress; it’s sure getting tall!
- NMU (Northern Michigan University) improvement plan: apartment-like dorms have been built in the place of where Payne Hall used to sit
- BLP (Board of Light & Power) community solar garden & electric generator facility: registration is open for the solar garden, which begins in July; construction continues on the electric generator facility
- Liberty Way site: Staybridge Suites is now open
- The Landing condominiums, One Marquette Place: still under construction, the building has taken form and will include offices, apartments and a café
- The city Municipal Service Center: complete and ready for occupancy by the end of June
- The old Holy Family Orphanage: progress is well underway and improvements are visible from the road
- Clark Lambros Beach Park: finished and looks great; it includes restrooms, an outdoor rinse/shower station and a nice ‘boardwalk’ feature
- Meijer store: situated behind Lowe’s and the TJ Maxx shopping complex, the beginning stages are underway
First of all, major construction and the addition of new buildings brings other necessary alterations. This is where the domino effect comes into play. Hence, road construction starts today, directly correlated with the new hospital. The new hospital traffic project includes three roundabouts, but there are a total of six roundabouts planned for the entire city. Most notable, one located at the intersection of Wright St. and Lincoln Ave.
It seems like roundabouts are growing in popularity, especially in our surrounding cities. The roundabout design lends itself to better traffic flow and, perhaps, a safer intersection. In addition to this, a more improved, more intelligent way to tame traffic is acheived (as opposed to traffic signals at traditional intersections). City Manager Mike Angeli says, “As with the other roundabouts, they’re known to be safer, provide easier traffic flow (and) they have cheaper long-term costs.”
Wright St. & Lincoln Ave.
The Wright St./Lincoln Ave. roundabout is part of the Wright Street Reconstruction Project. This project is a component of the six-year Capital Improvements Plan. Included in this is a 30-foot wide ingress and egress easement intended for the Municipal Service Center, granted from NMU. Therefore, this enables the city to gain access to Sugarloaf Ave. from the Municipal Service Center via a road planned to cut across an existing parking lot at the NMU Services Building.
To conclude, among numerous contracts for more work around the city, one project includes a contract for constructing various sidewalk projects. This one will extend the sidewalk(s) on Altamont St.
Information on roundabouts and city sidewalks courtesy of:
Wardell, M. (2017, May 5). City moves ahead with roundabouts, construction. The Mining Journal. pp. 7A.