Work to begin on Hubbard Lake Road

HUBBARD LAKE – Team Elmer’s, a Hillman construction company, will begin work Tuesday on a stretch of Hubbard Lake Road between Bennett Road and Spruce Road. The pavement cuts through a swamp and has been in poor condition because of high water in the area.

Elmer’s Project Manager Dan LaFleche said the first step will be to remove existing culverts, and realign and excavate ditches.

The road will not be closed until Sept. 9 if all goes according to schedule, he said. Approximately 1,000 feet of culvert will be delivered to the site, and four new culverts will be placed under the pavement, with additional culverts installed along the road bed.

The road can be closed only a minimum of five days, he said.

Once the culverts are completed, crews will lay four inches of gravel over the existing pavement, and then pulverize the two materials together to create the new road bed. A new layer of pavement will then be placed on top of the raised bed.

One of the last steps will be to add new topsoil along the road’s shoulders, reseed those areas and apply mulch.

LaFleche said the company hopes to have the project completed by Oct. 1.

Crews will work from dawn to dusk, he said. Warning signs will be posted and flaggers will be on duty to handle traffic when needed.

Some of the funding is coming from the federal government, and the Alcona County Road Commission is in charge of the project.

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