Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 6, 2014

Public welcome to discuss roads

TRAVERSE CITY — Long-awaited work on the main artery between Northport and Omena will soon be underway.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is scheduled to reconstruct five miles of that stretch of M-22 between June and October this year.

“It’s extremely important to the community, and unfortunately it desperately needs the work,” said Leelanau County Commissioner Tom Van Pelt, who represents Leelanau Township. “For the most part, everyone I’ve spoken to has been disappointed it’s taken so long for the state to put it on their list.”

Officials from MDOT will host a public meeting Wednesday to share their plans and collect comment from local residents and businesses. Workers will rebuild a culvert on Lee Mann Road, put a temporary traffic signal in the area, and redirect traffic around closed lanes, in addition to rebuilding the road.

Mike TenBrock, the assistant manager of Ahgosatown Landing Marina and RV right off of M-22, said he’s not at all concerned about construction’s potential impact on his business.

“This thing should’ve been done 10 years ago. It’s like a bomb field,” TenBrock said. “The good news is when this is finally done that people will actually want to come up here.”

Lee Bowen, the Leelanau County Road Commission chairman, said the section of road was slated for reconstruction about five years ago, but funding concerns shoved it to the back burner.

The project will be 80 percent federally funded and 20 percent state funded, said Gary Niemi, a development engineer for MDOT.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday at the Leelanau Township Fire Hall in Northport from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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