MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – A new electrical substation is on its way in Negaunee. The city held a groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon at the future site on Peninsula Street.
The project is estimated to take up to a year to complete, and will cost the city of Negaunee $6 million, that it has taken out a bond to pay for. The decision to build the new substation was made following a survey done by the city that found building a new site to be more cost effective than renovating the old one.
Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron says the new substation is still the most cost effective option, and that he thinks the community will be happy knowing the city is doing what it can to keep electric costs down.
“It’s going to continue to be a reliable source of electricity here in Negaunee.” Heffron Said. “Having our own substation here and having complete control over it makes sense for our community.”
The future of the old UPPCO substation on US-41 is still unknown. Heffron said it’s UPPCO’s decision as to what happens to the old site once the city finishes the new one.