Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Upper Michigan lawmakers and Marquette County Road Commission representatives testified in Lansing yesterday on resolutions supporting a controversial county road proposal.
State Representatives John Kivela of Marquette and Scott Dianda of Calumet along with State Senator Tom Casperson of Escanaba joined Marquette County Road Commission Chair Dave Hall and others at a joint Transportation Committee meeting.
The resolutions support the Road Commission’s appeal of a federal EPA denial of approval for building County Road 595, which would divert a vast majority of the commercial vehicle traffic that is currently passing through several communities.
The road would be a new Class A road built over a 21 mile dirt road connecting County Road AAA in Michigamme Township with U.S. 41 in Humboldt Township.
Much of the testimony centered on the environmental and safety aspects related to construction of the road.
The house resolutions passed the joint committee unanimously, with a vote expected on the senate resolution next week.