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City signs new 5-year deal w/MDOT to maintain US-23 and M-32

Submitted by on September 13, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment

The City of Alpena will continue to maintain state highways that zigzag through town.

The city recently signed a new 5-year agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to provide maintenance on US-23 and M-32 within the city limits.

That includes plowing the highways during the winter months.

City engineer Rich Sullenger says the city is reimbursed $121,500 annually for labor costs and expenses, with a little extra for overhead.

The contract is not a moneymaker. Suleneger says it’s a customer service issue. “We target these main thoroughfares first to provide clear access routes in and through town,” he said. “We would be traveling many of these streets to get to other areas of the city so it makes sense for us to plow them as opposed to just driving down them. To me it is a win-win for our customers in that the streets get plowed in a timely manner at no cost to the city.”

The new five-year deal starts October 1 and continues through September 30, 2024.