A new look for Carpenter Avenue

Two-block project in Kingsford to start May 20, MDOT says

Carpenter Avenue in Kingsford, seen above from Hamilton Avenue, will be reconstructed from Hamilton to Woodward Avenue beginning May 20. One lane of traffic traveling north on Carpenter will remain open but southbound traffic will be detoured. (Marguerite Lanthier/Daily News photos)

KINGSFORD — A two-block road construction project on Carpenter Avenue in Kingsford is scheduled get underway May 20.

An overview of the work was unveiled this week by Steve Cadeau, a construction engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation in Crystal Falls.

The $2.5 million project includes rebuilding “everything from sidewalk to sidewalk” from Hamilton Avenue to Woodward Avenue, he said.

“While we’re there, we’re working with the city and we’re going to open everything up and they’re going to replace their watermain and sanitary sewer at the same time,” Cadeau said.

MDOT will replace the underground utilities, storm sewer, pavement, and sidewalks. The lanes will be narrowed slightly to allow greenspace along the road.

Steve Cadeau of the Michigan Department of Transportation discusses a road project Monday at Kingsford City Hall.

The city is paying $660,000, with the rest coming from state and federal money. Bacco Construction Co. of Iron Mountain will perform the work.

Coleman Engineering will help the city with onsite inspection, doing measurements for the sanitary sewer and watermain, Cadeau said. Scott Nowak will serve as project manager for Coleman.

The project will be completed in four stages. One lane of traffic traveling north will remain open. Southbound traffic will be directed to West J Street, then South onto Kimberly and east onto Hamilton Avenue.

In the first stage they will reconstruct the east half of the Hamilton intersection, and then flip and do the west half.

In stage two, they will start working their way up the west side of the street. At stage three, the intersection of Woodward will be completed, first one half and then the other.

Stage four will involve working back toward Hamilton.

Cadeau said their are numerous subcontractors. One contractor will be making pre-construction videos.

“He will take videos of building faces, parking lots, landscaping, foundations — just so we have a good record of how everything looked before,” he said.

There will be weekly meetings at Kingsford City Hall throughout the project. Tim Kinney will serve as assistant construction engineer and Dan Absolon will be the project inspector. Chris Rigoni of Bacco will be the project manager.

Businesses along the project will remain open. Cadeau said access agreements have been set up for those times when work is directly in front of a business.

The project is expected to take most of the summer. For a copy of the project drawings, or to provide feedback, email weingartend@michigan.gov.

Marguerite Lanthier can be reached at 906-774-3500, ext. 242, or mlanthier@ironmountaindailynews.com.


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