Crews mill away surface of Maple Street as RR Square project progresses

Dennis Mansfield

KALKASKA – There’s been a rather significant change to a section of Maple Street in downtown Kalkaska. It’s no longer there, at least temporarily.

The surface of the former asphalt-topped street was recently milled away by work crews, basically leaving a gravel road from Elm to Laurel streets. The road work is part of a $3.5-million redevelopment of the 300 Block of South Cedar Street, the site of the former chamber of commerce office and Erb Lumber facility, which is now better known as Railroad Square.

The road work signals a restart of the project, which is entirely funded through a $3.47 million state grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund and the Michigan Economic Development Economic Corp.

While many projects remain shut down, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order to stay in place, village manager Scott Yost said he recently found an exception — that road improvements were deemed essential — within the governor’s order to get the redevelopment project back on track. 

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