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Two-Way Traffic on College Avenue Promised Before Winter

Despite construction delays, the contractor working on the College Avenue rebuild in Houghton still hopes to have traffic mostly back to normal by the end of fall.

At last night’s Houghton City Council meeting, a representative from Upper Peninsula Engineers and Architects, which is overseeing the project, said Bacco Construction could begin paving as early as next week…  

They anticipate opening up to two-way traffic on College Avenue hopefully by the end of October – by the beginning of deer hunting, definitely (laughter).

Some work at the western edge of the project may not get done before the snow flies…

Some water work, some sewer work, some storm sewer work and grading and restoration around the island there at Franklin Street – they anticipate that work will probably be held over until next spring.

Construction was slowed when contractors encountered an unexpected rock formation, and an undocumented mine shaft.

In a brief session, the council also set the date for its first open meeting about revision of the city’s master plan for October 11. Discussion will focus on redevelopment of Lakeshore Drive once the big parking deck is removed.

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