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      Way ahead of schedule

      The extension of North McClellan Avenue in Marquette is running way ahead of schedule.

      Crews from Oberstar Construction began working at the beginning of April with a goal of finishing by the end of October. But on Friday, Marquette City Engineer Keith Whittington estimated that 80 percent of construction is already completed.

      Workers need to finish a bridge over a creek, pave and stripe the road, and add traffic signals at the new intersections with Fair Avenue and Wright Street.

      "The contractor has been making steady progress on the construction project," said Whittington. "We're real pleased so far. If it keeps going as it has been, we're looking at maybe an August opening."

      The extension, years in the making, will establish an important north-south corridor in the city.

      The project's cost is right on target at $1.85 million.