Ishpeming council to pick plan for Second and Third street connector

ISHPEMING – After four months of deliberation, the Ishpeming City Council is expected to make a decision tonight regarding two different design options to connect the city’s Second and Third streets.

The council will meet at 7 tonight at the Ishpeming Seniors Center.

The first design, an S-curve, would be the cheaper option to construct, but might ultimately be more expensive, as it would require the city to purchase both parcels of land north of Bessemer Street and south of the railroad overpass.

The second option is a roundabout, which would require the city purchase only the northernmost parcel. The engineering firm OHM Advisors is recommending the roundabout, which it says is safer and is “the preferred option of the city police, fire and (department of public works),” according to a May 29 memorandum from OHM project engineer Stephen Wright to City Manager Mark Slown.

OHM Advisors is urging the council to make a decision at tonight’s meeting in order to have applications for federal grants submitted by deadlines in July.