Paving of H-58 between Grand Marais, MI, and Munising, MI, continues this summer, thanks in part to a $1-million Local Jobs Today check that was presented recently by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to the Alger County Road Commission.
The state funding, along with $4.1 million in federal funding secured through the efforts of U.S. Representative Bart Stupak and U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, will allow for the paving of 10.3 miles of H-58 from the current end of the pavement 4-1/2 miles east of Melstrand, MI, to Kingston Corners, MI. The contractor for the project, Oberstar Inc., of Marquette, MI, began work on this phase of the project on July 21.
“Improving local roads and creating jobs is what Governor Granholm’s Local Jobs Today program was designed to accomplish, and completing the paving of H-58 is a perfect example of the success the program has been,” said MDOT Director Kirk T. Steudle. “Tourism is an important component of the local economy, and these improvements to H-58 will help provide a boost for the area.”
By paving the remaining 19 miles of H-58, which is expected to be completed by 2010, the road commission anticipates lower maintenance costs and better ride quality for the motoring public. A paved surface will reduce dust during drier months, and reduce erosion during spring runoff and major storms.
In total, the Local Jobs Today program provided nearly $3 million toward the $14-million project to pave H-58 in its entirety. The remaining phases of construction are expected to generate 200 jobs in this area.