US-41 roundabout project put on hold due to COVID-19 concerns

MARQUETTE — Although the majority of a road project on US–41 has been completed, the remaining work has been suspended.

While the project was supposed to wrap up this summer, the US–41 roundabout project has been suspended.

The project hasn’t been canceled for this construction season, however some decisions need to be made before it can start.

“It’s still on the books,” said Dan Weingarten, Communications Representative for MDOT. “[It’s] still planned to be completed, but we don’t have a solid timeline for when that will start or exactly how long it’s going to take to finish because the contractor will have to develop some new schedules based on a reduced crew size and social distancing and other precautions that need to be taken.”

Some of the remaining work includes adding concrete to the splitter island approaches, surfacing of the multi–use trail, removal of the temporary access drives to Walmart and Best Buy, and others.

Statewide road projects have been put on hold until contractors feel their workers can work in a safe manner.

MDOT still anticipates the US–41 roundabout project to be completed this construction season, although the start date remains uncertain.