Road work

MARQUETTE – Work got under way this week on a multi-phased project on Marquette’s east side: Reconstructing Cedar Street and replacing water and sewer piping, some dating back to the late 19th Century.

Marquette City Engineer Keith Whittington said work on the first phase of the four-phase Cedar Street project began between Ridge and Arch streets on Monday.

“Each phase will probably take about three weeks,” Whittington said.

Smith Paving workers ripped up the street and dug to find the old water main piping that dates back to 1887. Several of the old pipes lay along the street at the corner of Cedar and Arch streets Thursday.

Through traffic has been rerouted off Arch Street along East Ridge Street.

Whittington said the second phase of the Cedar Street work will occur between Arch and Michigan streets. The third phase will be from Ohio Street to Hewitt Avenue and the final phase will be from Hewitt to Prospect Street.

From Ohio to Prospect streets, the water and sewer pipes being replaced were installed in 1909, Whittington said.

The entire Cedar Street reconstruction project – which includes replacing utilities, paving and curbing – is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 19. The Cedar Street reconstruction project costs about $500,000.

Whittington said the work is part of a larger package of projects that will complete similar work along streets in other Marquette locations. As part of that package, Smith Construction Inc. is also working on East Avenue and will begin a project on High Street, from College to Fair, in a couple of weeks. In addition, Oberstar Inc. is doing similar reconstruction work along Altamont and Allouez streets.

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