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Stay at home order to impact new jail & other construction

Submitted by on March 25, 2020 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Governor Whitmer’s stay at home order will have an impact on a large number of trades, including construction.

The largest public project in the Alpena area is construction of a new approximate $11.4 million jail and sheriff’s office.

Work on the jail is expected to continue through Friday before crews lay down their tools. The project will resume after the governor’s order is lifted April 13. Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski is hopeful crews can make up for lost time and that the project will be completed sometime this fall.

Meanwhile, city Building Official Don Gilmet says he will continue to issue building permits. He said essential or emergency repairs or projects can move forward as needed, but it is not his job to police local contractors. Gilmet has been told that some contractors will remain open while others close down.

City engineer Rich Sullenger said the city will complete a few critical projects, such as repairs at the downtown marina; while others will be delayed.

And the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Transportation Center in Alpena is closed until further notice. However, James Lake, communications representative for MDOT’s North Region, said road projects in the region will remain on schedule with no changes.

Two of MDOT’s largest projects in the region this spring and summer are to resurface 17.5 miles of M-32 and US-23 in Alpena. The projects include 2.8 miles of resurfacing inside the city limits and a 14.7 mile stretch of M-32, from Lake Winyah Road to the west county line near Hillman.