The highly visible construction project that’s made driving into parts of downtown Marquette more complicated is just about complete.
The roundabout that MDOT has been building at the US–41 bypass on Front Street is almost done.
The construction has been going on since early may.
And there’ve been a lot of lane closures.
But the work is now in its final stages.
MDOT regional manager says the only thing left to do is clean up the stretch of Front Street that leads into the roundabout from the south.
He says that should be finished by the middle of next week.
The pavement is also smoother; the roundabout began as a re–paving project.
The intersection was built in the ’60s…
And the pavement was nearing the end of its lifespan.
Sikkema says since they were going to work on the intersection anyway, they also decided to study whether there was a safer traffic pattern they could create there.
And there was — Sikkema says everything they found pointed to a roundabout as the way to go.
The $1.1 million roundabout is the first one to be built anywhere in the U.P.
Again, MDOT expects all lanes in and out to be fully open by the middle of next week.