City Commissioners review road proposals for new hospital

City Commissioners review road proposals for new hospital

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission received an update this afternoon on the progress that’s being made when it comes to the future look of the roads surrounding the new Duke LifePoint Hospital.

City Officials are working closely with MDOT and the Federal Highway Administration on a number of different transportation alternatives for the new hospital.

As part of the purchase agreement with the hospital, the city would have to come up with a direct access point from US-41 and M-28 to the hospital.

“Where the hospital has been historically located at in the City of Marquette, the entire street network in the City of Marquette has been required to bare all of the weight of vehicle trips to and from the hospital,” said Dennis Stachewicz, the Community Development for the City of Marquette. “By locating the hospital with a direct access point to US–41 and M–28, it will actually alleviate a lot of pressure from traffic on the local streets,” he added.

The construction costs of each project range from $8.5 to $15.5 million.

The public has a chance to see each of the proposed transportation alternatives Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. at the Citizens Forum inside Lakeview Arena.