(News Release from MDOT)
Starting this week, the Michigan Department of Transportation will begin construction on a project to reconstruct US-12 (Michigan Avenue) in downtown Saline between North Maple Road and the bridge over the Saline River.
Improvements include widening US-12 to five lanes between Monroe Street and Harris Street to add a center left-turn lane; storm, sanitary and water main renovations; sidewalk improvements; and traffic signal upgrades. In addition, downtown amenities will be updated as part of a streetscape enhancement grant in partnership with the City of Saline.
Starting this week, crews will temporarily widen the north side of US-12. During this work, westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane, with no impact on eastbound traffic. Then in early May, traffic will shift to the north half of the roadway, with one lane open in each direction on US-12. In addition, temporary traffic signals will be in place at select intersections along Henry Street; there also will be short-term intersection closures during the work.
Starting in late May, one lane will be open on westbound US-12 between Monroe Street and Maple Road. Eastbound US-12 will be closed and traffic detoured to Henry Street. The roadway is expected to reopen to two-way traffic by fall, with construction complete by November.