Progress continues on this significant project. All of the asphalt on the south half of the project has been removed and concrete removal continues. The old street car tracks uncovered last week have been removed and stored for future historic display purposes. Preparation for street scape improvements continued with removal of the existing trees.
Note: The construction crews are mandated by MDOT rules to stop work on Thursday morning of an MIS race weekend and they cannot return until Monday night. This means that there will not be any work occurring from Thursday, June 9th until Tuesday, June 13th.
Week of June 6th
The south half of the Harris Street intersection is closed and will remain closed until late Monday June 6th or early Tuesday June 7th. The detour is posted.
Storm sewer installation will cause intermittent flag closures on South Lewis Street on Saturday June 4th.
MDOT and Hoffman Bros. continue to work on smoothing out the wrinkles of the detour route. Please note the right lane is RIGHT TURN ONLY at northbound Old Creek Drive and Michigan Avenue (next to Dairy Queen). You need to be in the left lane If you want to proceed north onto Maple.
A friendly reminder – City staff encourages everyone to slow down, be patient and obey the traffic signs. In addition, please do not take short-cuts through private property in an attempt to avoid the current traffic shifts/detour routes, as it is illegal and unsafe. And please pause to let people out of their driveways.
Regarding pedestrian traffic, there are parts of the construction zone that are not open to pedestrian traffic. For example, the walkway in front of Oakwood Cemetery on the Michigan Ave side is not open to pedestrian traffic; there are signs in place that say sidewalk closed. There are also signs designating alternate pedestrian routes throughout the construction zone. Please obey the signs and seek alternate pedestrian routes that don’t include walking down the middle of re-routed traffic lanes.
Hoffman Bros. will be installing new storm sewer from Lewis east towards Ann Arbor Street and from Harris Street west towards Ann Arbor Street. This will require a flag crew to manage the traffic at Lewis, and closure of Harris, as noted above.
Work on signal pole foundations for Harris Street will occur early in the week.
Water main work will resume late in the week progressing from Monroe Street towards Ann Arbor Street. Notices will be distributed to affected water customers as the work progresses.
Please stay tuned for updates as the Michigan Ave project progresses. The City of Saline staff will be providing a minimum of a weekly update and sometimes daily informational postings depending on what is taking place in the construction zone.
Remember to visit our local Saline businesses during and after this great project and look for the Pave It Forward logo and the fun promotions being provide by Saline Main Street and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.