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      Repairs underway for County Road 550

      Construction begins to repair parts of Marquette County Road 550

      Repairs are underway to make Marquette County Road 550 an all-season road.

      The road has been broken into several segments from Sugar Loaf to the Marquette city limit. On Tuesday, the road was reduced to one lane as workers started clearing away trees.

      Within the next few weeks, workers will start putting in culverts, and then they will start crushing and shaping the road.

      "It's about 2.8 miles long and roughly a cost of $1.3 million in that first segment," said Kurt Taavola of the Marquette County Road Commission. "There's one bridge in the first segment we'll be gaping out, and that bridge will hopefully be built next year."

      Construction on County Road 550 will be completed by the beginning of next month. Upgrades to County Road 510 and AAA, which are a part of the routes used to travel to and from the mine, will be upgraded next year.