Road Commission sets project plans for 2019

IRON RIVER—So far, so good. A spell of mild winter weather ended with the first snowstorm of 2019 on Jan. 6 and 7, but it was no problem for Iron County road crews.
    “An excellent job,” Superintendent Doug Tomasoski said during the Jan. 8 regular meeting of the Road Commission. “You had everything opened up yesterday or first thing this [Tuesday] morning. Early morning yesterday, late night last night and early this morning.”
    Commissioners and township officials at the meeting added their compliments to the road crews.
    With the new year, the Road Commission has a new chairman: Dan Germic was elected to the position during the annual organizational meeting on Jan. 2, while the commission’s newest member, Ron Frailing, took the oath of office. Ernest Schmidt continues as vice-chairman.
    Frailing was elected in November and takes the place of former chairman Chris Sholander, who did not seek a new term in 2018.
    The big state highway project in Iron County this summer is the final phase of the U.S. 2 project, from Bates-Amasa Road to River Avenue in Iron River. Tomasoski said work is tentatively scheduled to start May 10 and be completed by Aug. 30. Payne & Dolan is the winning bidder.
    Bids are already being asked for 2019 local road projects. They are due in early February so they can go out to the townships for their approval at meetings later that month or early March.
    By doing that, the commission can approve the bids at its March 12 meeting and get the projects scheduled.

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