Larry Holcombe/Daily Globe
LEO MARCHANT, of Ironwood Township, left, and Bud Osborn, of Wakefield, spread crushed asphalt to make a small ramp for vehicles to navigate to and from the milled and non-milled lanes of U.S. 2 in Ironwood near Curry Street Tuesday afternoon. At right, Casey Rady, of Ironwood, drops more material for a wider ramp at the intersection that marks the eastern end of the road construction that stretches nearly to the Wisconsin border. The crew works for Snow Country Contracting, general contractor of the project. Hein Reclamation and Construction of Green Bay, Wis., spent the first day of construction milling off the top layer of asphalt. Tuesday was also the first day of detoured traffic patterns through the area, including new lane markings at in the intersection of U.S. 2 and Lake Road in Ironwood and U.S. 51 and Silver Street in Hurley, as well as the removal of stationary stops signs at two intersections on McLeod Avenue in downtown Ironwood.
IRONWOOD - City commissioners learned Tuesday that since Ironwood's U.S. 2 reconstruction project is now under way, city workers will tackle some water leaks along Cloverland Drive with the reduced traffic there.
Bob Richards, of the department of public works, said work on two leaks will begin today and could be completed by Friday.
Commissioner Dave Sim noted there's water along the highway from the leaks.
Richards said there are four or five other leaks in the city that also must be addressed, perhaps with a leak detection expert.
With the U.S. 2 detour now in effect through Hurley and onto McLeod Avenue, motorists are advised to use extra caution because stop signs have been removed along McLeod.
The side street stop signs are still in effect, but the switch means that the McLeod-Lowell Street intersection, for example, is no longer a four-way stop, although many motorists were still treating it as such on Tuesday.
On the first day of the detour on Tuesday, many drivers were stopping and waiting at McLeod intersections where they had no stop signs.
Commissioner Rick Semo suggested yellow flashing caution lights be placed at the affected intersections on McLeod.