Approval for 5-mile stretch of Triple A Road granted

ISHPEMING – The Marquette County Road Commission unanimously approved construction plans Monday for a 5.25-mile section of the Triple A Road near Big Bay, the middle section of a 10-mile construction project improving the road for truck travel to and from the Eagle Mine.

“The board said proceed as designed with no changes,” road commission engineer-manager Jim Iwanicki said today.

Meetings to discuss and consider approval of plans -at the 70 percent designed stage- for the remaining sections of the road project will be scheduled for late January or early February.

Some public concerns remained over the improvements Monday including mine trucks traveling more than 35 mph on the road and cutting more trees than is absolutely necessary to improve the roadway.

Iwanicki said Monday’s approval was important because that middle section of the construction -from Blind 35 west to the top of Camp 6 Hill- will require the most realignment of the existing roadway and the most environmental impact.

The Lundin Mining Corp. is paying for the multi-million-dollar project. The Eagle Mine is slated to begin production next year, with full production of nickel and copper forecast for the following year.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.