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College Avenue/US-41 Construction Resumes Today

Work resumes today on the rebuild of College Avenue/US-41 in Houghton.

The road from the west edge of the Michigan Tech campus to Franklin Square will be widened, and a center turn lane added. Water and sanitary sewer lines will be replaced, and storm drains will be upgraded along the 1.1-mile stretch. The project will cost nearly $10 million.

Crews got a head start on Friday, installing detour signs, and marking existing underground utility locations.

Northbound traffic on US-41 will continue to use the regular route, with contractors working on one lane at a time. Southbound US-41 traffic will be diverted at the Houghton-Hancock Bridge, and will follow M-26, Sharon Avenue, and MacInnes Drive. To ease traffic flow, temporary stoplights will replace the four-way stops on Sharon Avenue at the intersections with Military Road and Portage Street.

The first phase of the project, from MacInnes Drive to the west edge of campus, was completed last summer. 

If all goes as planned, construction on the final phase should be completed in mid-September.

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