(Submitted by City of Saline Manager Todd Campbell)
The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and brighter as the Michigan Ave project nears completion. As long as the weather cooperates, Hoffman Bros. is planning for traffic to be completely restored to normal and substantial completion of the project by November 19th, if not before. Additionally, traffic should be restored on Michigan Ave from Maple to Monroe by November 12th.
The remainder of this week we will see downtown trees installed, asphalt paving and continued decorative lighting work (pulling wires and standing poles). Hoffman Bros. will be working on Sunday this week to begin removals at the Maple Road/Michigan Ave intersection. Note: The N. Ann Arbor Street intersection is scheduled to be re-opened this evening, Friday, October 28th, and the Maple Road/Michigan Ave intersection is scheduled to be closed early Saturday, October 29th in the morning (Maple Road intersection will be closed for two weeks). The Old Creek Drive/Michigan Ave intersection will remain open. Mills Street is scheduled to re-open by Sunday, October 30th.
Note: Trash pick-up for those residents and businesses located in the construction zone – Waste Management will continue to pick up trash as regularly scheduled, however, due to the construction there may be instances when your trash is not picked-up on the regular day. If this happens, Waste Management will be picking up the missed trash collection the next day. Additionally, if Waste Management is not able to pick up your trash/recycling as regularly scheduled City staff encourages folks to contact the Department of Public Works (DPW) with questions/comments at 429-5624.
The City of Saline is selling pieces of the old street car tracks on a first come first served basis at City Hall, for those folks that would like to own a piece of Saline history. The cost is $25 for a 12” section of track; a portion of the proceeds will be used to pay for the cost of cutting up the track with the balance going towards a fundraiser to assist in paying for the new downtown streetscape.
Week of October 31st:
The following streets are scheduled to remain open this coming week: Harris, Davenport, Ann Arbor, Mills and Lewis.
Maple Road is scheduled to close Saturday, October 29th and remain closed for two weeks.
Note: Downtown Parking Lot #1 (NE quadrant of downtown) has limited access from Hall Street until the new drive approaches at N. Ann Arbor Street are completed. Access to Parking Lot #1 from N. Ann Arbor Street is expected to occur sometime Tuesday, November 1st.
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.
The majority of concrete sidewalk has been installed throughout the project. However, pedestrians need to be aware of any temporary pedestrian detours from time to time as the project is completed. The temporary asphalted sidewalk on the south side of Michigan Ave at Curtiss Park and Oakwood Cemetery is scheduled to be removed and replaced with concrete later this coming week or early the week of November 7th.
There are parts of the construction zone that are not open to pedestrian traffic. 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.
Earth excavation and storm sewer work at the Maple/Michigan intersection
Concrete work including driveway approaches and other flat work
Brick pavers will continue to be installed
Brick masons will be on-site to install the brick face on the raised planter boxes at the NE and NW corners of N. Ann Arbor and Michigan
Irrigation to the new planters and trees will continue
Asphalt paving of the Maple/Michigan intersection towards the end of the week
Decorative lighting work will continue (pulling wire, standing light poles)
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.