Partnership formed to find truck bypass

MARQUETTE – Lundin Mining Corp. officials on Friday announced a public-private partnership will study the viability of a commercial trucking route bypassing the city of Marquette.

Recently, Lundin officials said the mining company – which plans to truck ore from the Eagle Mine in Michigamme Township to the Humboldt Mill beginning next year – would fund the scoping study.

In Friday’s news release, Lundin officials said a meeting was held Tuesday to begin the process with the partnership that includes the mining company, the city of Marquette, Marquette Township and the Marquette County Road Commission.

The initial meeting formed a steering committee and elected a working group.

“The first line of business will be to discuss and agree upon a scoping study for the bypass,” the release stated. “The aim of the study is to evaluate the feasibility of designing, permitting and constructing a bypass north of Marquette city near the Marquette Board of Light and Power.”

The study is tentatively expected to be completed by February.

“The partnership is committed to finding transportation solutions that will meet both the short- and long-term needs of the community and trucking interests,” the release stated.

Community meetings are expected after the first of the year to update the public on the progress of the effort and offer public involvement opportunities.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is jpepin@miningjournal.net.