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Ishpeming, Mich., April 13, 2023 – An abandoned mine shaft within the City of Ishpeming experienced a shift in the mine’s fill material early on April 13, 2023, causing a sinkhole to appear at the surface. We are glad to share that no injuries occurred and no city services were interrupted.

There is a road closure following this event, on Bluff Street. However, access to residential homes in the area has not been affected. Please respect the roadway closure, indicated with clear signage and barricades, until further notice.

Temporary Road Closure: A portion of Bluff Street including the intersection of Bluff and Jasper Streets and approximately 200 yards east. Residents along Bluff must travel east to Main or South Pines for access/egress during the closure.

The work crews will access from Jasper Street and are requesting residents travel with caution as increased trucks and operators will be operating in the area. Please drive slow and be watchful for this additional traffic from the work site.

At this time, there are no interruptions to any utility services for any residential or commercial customers in the City of Ishpeming.

  • Public water service was shut-off to the site, without impact to residential or commercial customers
  • There are no sewer or storm sewer utilities in the affected area
  • Aerial power lines are about 50 yards north if the site and are unaffected

Officials at the City of Ishpeming praise the quick response by Ishpeming Police and Public Works, and the County Mine Inspector. The City of Ishpeming urges unauthorized personnel to stay away from the site until further notice.

About Ishpeming

The City of Ishpeming is located in Marquette County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is home to about 6,600 residents. Boasting a rich mining heritage, creative small businesses, hundreds of miles of trails and many outdoor amenities, and a community-centric culture, Ishpeming is a wonderful place to live, work, and play. During 2023, Ishpeming is proud to celebrate its sesquicentennial birthday, honoring the past 150 years and looking ahead to a bright future. To learn more about Ishpeming, visit


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