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MANISTIQUE – Despite some bumps in the road, residents saw the completion of a multi-million dollar infrastructure project this summer. The $8.6 million project upgraded water, sewer and storm sewer lines throughout the city, and was funded through a USDA Rural Development grant and city matches.
The project took place over the summer on both the east and west sides of the city. Separate projects, including a Michigan Department of Transportation M-94 upgrade and a Safe Routes to School grant-funded sidewalk replacement on the east side, ran concurrently with the USDA project.
The final portion of the project, paving, was completed in October. In the spring of 2013, crews from the project will return to inspect the areas and complete any additional restoration work. During the project the city and construction companies ran into multiple obstacle, including the need to blast instead of drill in areas on the east side, adding in the cost of sidewalks to portions of the west side, and installing temporary water lines on both sides of the city during the construction process.
Following the completion of the project, city council members were informed that one block of Park Avenue would also have its water and sewer system upgraded, thanks to leftover. Park Avenue was originally included in the project, but cut due to funding restraints. The block will see its upgrade work completed in 2013.