(Submitted by City Manager Todd Campbell)
Week #2 for the Michigan Ave project is coming to an end. Hoffman Bros. was finally able to make some forward progress this past week, despite the wet weather. However, even with the wet weather, the Hoffman Bros. crews stayed on the job and continued to push through.
Week of May 9th
The first of multiple traffic shifts is in place, including the closure of Monroe Street from Michigan Ave to Henry Street. 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.
Note: DTE Gas Main Relocation Update: DTE crews are nearing completion of the relocation of gas mains; hopefully next week for the smaller gas mains. However, there is a 12” high pressure gas main located near the Michigan Ave/Maple intersection that needs to be relocated. This relocation may cause changes to the current traffic shift in place. The west end near Monroe Street would remain the same. However, at the east end between Davenport and Maple, a traffic shift moving the east and west lanes to the south may be put in place. The traffic shift would be necessary to provide DTE crews sufficient room to relocate the 12” high pressure gas main. Please stay tuned.
The contractor is scheduled to drive steel sheeting along the inside of the concrete barrier wall to provide extra support for the north half of the roadway. In addition to asphalt and concrete removals, we should expect to see some new storm sewer, water main and curb & gutter work this coming week near the Monroe/Michigan intersection. Hoffman Bros. has 21 days to complete the necessary work at the Michigan/Monroe intersection per MDOT contract. Once the intersection work is complete (approximately May 25th), Monroe Street will be re-opened and the next traffic shift will be put in place – eastbound Michigan Ave traffic will be shifted to Henry Street.
Please stay tuned for updates as the Michigan Ave project moves forward. The City of Saline staff will be providing a minimum of weekly updates and sometimes daily depending on what is taking place in the construction zone.
Remember to visit our local Saline businesses during and after this great project and start looking for the Pave It Forward logo and the fun promotions to follow!