MARQUETTE - Marquette-area residents will get their first experience with Marquette's roundabout next month when a portion of it will be opened to traffic.
Andy Sikkema, manager of Michigan Department of Transportation's Transportation Service Center in Ishpeming, said construction is on schedule and there will be a traffic shift in early July.
"The traffic that is coming from the south on U.S. 41 onto the bypass will be routed through a portion of the roundabout that will be open to traffic," Sikkema said. "Eastbound traffic on U.S. 41 would stay where they are currently at."
Construction continues on the roundabout project in Marquette earlier this morning. The project is on schedule to be completed in late August, officials said this morning. (Journal photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)
Sikkema said Front Street is proposed to remain closed until mid-August. The project is anticipated to be finished in late August.
The $1.1 million project started in May. MDOT officials have said the previous intersection was confusing and if unaltered would lead to extensive traffic backups in the the future. They said a roundabout is safer and would keep traffic flowing.
The official detour route to downtown Marquette includes Grove, Fisher and Washington streets. In addition, vehicles under 5 tons can use Lakeshore Boulevard through Founders Landing to get to and from downtown.
When completed, the roundabout will be 150 feet in diameter with two lanes entering it from the west, north and south. The intersection's current right turn lanes, from Front Street onto West U.S. 41 and from West U.S. 41 to South U.S. 41/M-28, will remain in place. There will be yield signs before the entrances to the roundabout and the speed limit will be about 25 mph.
For more information about roundabouts and the Marquette roundabout, go to www.michigan.gov/mdot, and www.michigan.gov/drive.
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