Marquette Township residents, and area commuters, have been waiting for it since 2000.
But the work on a busy area street is finally done, and it’s fully open to traffic.
It’s the realignment of Wright Street.
The Marquette County Road Commission and a wide range of community leaders held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the stretch of road this morning.
This was the 3rd and final phase of a realignment project for the entire length of County Road 492.
Road Commission engineer/manager Jim Iwanicki says the new street will benefit truck traffic and ordinary drivers.
The project cost $600,000 through a mix of federal, state and local funds, as well as work from private developers.
Though this is an exciting accomplishment for the Road Commission, Iwanicki is worried about funding for future projects like this one.
Marquette State Representative Steve Lindberg says transportation funding needs to be addressed in Lansing because what’s being done right now isn’t working.
The realignment work may have taken 9 years, but it’s actually done ahead of schedule.
It wasn’t supposed to be finished until October.