City updates summer road construction plan

The Easterday Ave. Truck Route Reconstruction and Carbide Dock Port Reconstruction projects were both awarded respectively to Bacco Construction Company and Roen Salvage Company.    Both projects are scheduled for completion in summer of 2024.  Easterday work is being staged so that the roadway will be open during the winter.  The dock should be completed to a point that only surface restoration will be required to completed during the 2024 construction season. 

Future projects:

Meridian Street – W. Easterday Ave to 8th Ave (.49 miles)

Water main and sanitary sewer replacement roadway reconstruction with 3” HMA,8-12” aggregate. base, 12” sub base with also include drainage and shoulder work.  We have already been working with several businesses and LSSU and plan to notify all property owners of our plans once the project is bid so we can ensure we have adequate funding in place.  No special assessment is expected as the project is funded through MDOT’s Small Urban Program. The project is being rebid through MDOT later this Fall for 2024 construction.   Total estimate still in design; $2.5M

Water Street Combined Sewer Overflow

In partnership with the U.S. Army Corps under their 219 funding, this project would close out one of our three last remaining CSOs.  This would eliminate CSO site #007 @ Water & Bingham intersection.  The project includes Construct Ashmun St./Maple St. Sanitary Sewer Lift Station, Reconstruct the sanitary sewer overflow structure in the intersection of Bingham Avenue & Water Street to eliminate an 8-inch overflow connector between sanitary and storm sewer which outfalls through St Mary’s Falls Park at the Bingham Avenue & Water Street intersection, and Rehabilitate the storm drainage out fall piping (12 & 48 inch) within St Mary’s Falls Park.  Total estimate still in design; $1.2M.  We now have an agreement for this project and are looking at 2024-25 construction. 

Power Canal Trail Phase II – Non motorized trail continuation – Ashmun to Johnston Street in partnership with MDOT, Cloverland, & Private Donations. (.45 miles)

This project, originally slated for 2022, was delayed due to emergency utility work on the canal required by Cloverland.  MDOT awarded the contract to Payne & Dolan, and they have agreed to an extension of time until August 2023.  We will continue to update the public on the project as cannot proceed with the project until Cloverland’s work is completed as they are working directly in the path of the trail.  Total cost for 2022 before delay; $289,000.

Safe Routes to School

The proposed project consists of improvements for pedestrians within the service areas of Lincoln Elementary, Washington Elementary, and Sault Area Middle School in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  There has been extensive planning on the routing and the project would also complement and continue the connection between a previous SRTS project at Bahweting Schools.  Partners include the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State University, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Sault Schools, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and the City. The project is estimated at $820,000 and would be grant funded for 2024 construction.  Learn more about SRTS here:  Safe Routes to School | Sault Ste. Marie Michigan (

MDOT is continuing their projects this year including the downtown repaving on Ashmun Street, from the bridge to Portage Avenue, and the M-129 repaving of 18th Ave to 10 Mile Road.  The city will be replacing watermain from 18th Ave to 3 Mile Road.  While we are not the lead agency on these projects, we are partnering to address utility and other issues while they are working in these areas.  These projects will be completed this construction season.

Please contact our Engineering Department if you need any additional clarity on our upcoming projects.  We will keep our Project List updated on our website at  Bid Opportunities are always updated here:

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  1. when is the 129 between 3 mile and the goodwill light to be done by?

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