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Houghton County, and Nine Townships Working with the Road Commission for ARPA Road Work Program

Houghton County and nine townships will work together to repair neglected road projects in the county. The board of commissioners has agreed to a one to one to one match with townships, and the road commission using American rescue plan funds; approving just over 1.1 million dollars to be used on various projects in each of the nine townships interested in using a portion of their ARPA funds for road work.

We’re going to be doing all the prep work on these projects, as far as undercutting the road, replacing culverts, grading gravel, and try to keep the cost as low as we can. It would be like a third split between all the entities involved, which is kind of a win-win for everyone. But those funds spread throughout the county, so all the townships will something from the ARPA funds. That’s why it was proposed, we think it would be a good program. – Kevin Harju, County Engineer, Houghton County Road Commission.

Three of the nine townships participating in the ARPA road work program with the county, want to start work this year. Several of the townships have multiple projects that they want to get done. The Houghton county road commission will provide engineering services for each of the projects. All of Houghton County’s ARPA funds need to be allocated by 2026, with approving 1.1 million for road work throughout the county, there is approximately another 5 million left for other essential needs and services for the community.

The nine townships using ARPA funds and working with the county on road projects are; Calumet, Chassell, Duncan, Laird, Portage, Quincy, Schoolcraft, Stanton and Torch Lake townships. County Engineer, Kevin Harju, says that the project list is still being finalized between the road commission, county, and townships. More information about those projects will be announced in the coming weeks.

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