On Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Cheboygan County Commissioners voted to approve a resolution in support of the construction of a new tunnel to house a replacement pipeline for Line 5 through the Straits. In addition to the tunnel, the resolution calls for there to be no interruption in service while the tunnel work is completed. Cheboygan follows Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Iron, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Grand Traverse counties in passing nearly identical resolutions in support of the tunnel project.
Although the counties do not have jurisdiction over the tunnel project, the resolutions indicate that these local leaders understand the importance of the tunnel to their residents. Whether it’s the taxes into the local economy, the good paying jobs the project will provide, or the much needed energy supply, the tunnel solution provides certainty that a vital, safe and well-maintained piece of transportation infrastructure will continue to support Michigan communities, while safeguarding our state’s waters. Michigan businesses and residents depend on the certainty the tunnel will provide, with the safe, continued operation of the pipeline.
Additional local governments that have passed resolutions in support of the Line 5 Tunnel include Ford River Township in Delta County and the cities of Norway in Dickinson County and Negaunee in Marquette County.
The tunnel project is currently in the planning and pre-construction phase. The geotechnical work underway is needed to keep the project on schedule. The information gathered over the next few months will help inform the detailed engineering plans and determine the design of the boring machine that must be custom made for the tunnel project.