Herron Road Reconstruction Project Under Discussion - Engineering Study Approved
Wed, 02 Jun 2021 06:02:55 EDT


Alpena County Road Commission board members have approved of an engineering study as they consider paving a remaining two mile gravel surface stretch of Herron Road.

In recent years, the stretch of highway north of M-32 has seen a few miles of upgrades, most recently in 2020 just south of Little Road to the Thunder Bay River. That project consisted of earthwork, new asphalt surface, moderate grade corrections and drainage improvements.

In 2019, there was nearly two miles upgraded, consisting of earthwork, new asphalt surface, moderate grade corrections and drainage improvements.

Both of the projects had been funded by grants and local dollars.

Managing Director Ryan Brege observed that potential improvements need to be shovel ready in case funding to replace the Long Rapids Road Bridge near Bolton Road is obtained, in which Herron Road would have to be used as a detour.

While it is not been established as to when the remaining two miles of gravel surface will be completed, or where funding will come from, the 30-thousand dollar ($29,978.00) engineering study by Huron Engineering - not to exceed 32-thousand dollars - will establish an estimated cost for construction.

Constructing one mile of new highway from ground up costs in the neighborhood of 5 or 6-hundred thousand dollars a mile.



   


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