Grant would help pave way for $4.63M renovation of N. Second Ave.

The City of Alpena is moving forward with a major capital improvement project for N. Second Avenue that has been collecting dust on a shelf since at least 2008.

The more than $4.63 million project hinges on the city’s ability to secure a $2 million grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The city would be required to pickup the balance of the cost.

The project involves replacement of the water and sewer lines along N. Second Avenue, from the Thunder Bay River to Hueber Street. The water main under the river at Second Avenue would also be replaced. Some of the cast iron water main dates back to 1939. Some of the sewer pipe is made of brick and dates to 1908.

In addition to a newly paved street, the project includes stenciled concrete crosswalks with concrete intersections at Fletcher, Oldfield and Miller streets; and new curb, gutter and concrete driveway approaches the entire length of the project area.

If the city receives the grant, the project will be bid out before the end of year. Construction would begin in spring 2022 and be completed by October 2023, although that timeframe could change slightly if there are any delays receiving state-issued water and sewer construction permits.

If the city is in the running for the grant, it would receive an “offer letter” in mid-June to continue the application process and apply for an environmental review.