Construction Update: Michigan Avenue Project Nears Completion

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 11/04/2016 - 16:38

(Submitted by City of Saline Manager Todd Campbell)

Good News!  The Michigan Ave Reconstruction Project is getting closer and closer to the substantial completion date of November 19th.  Cadillac Asphalt is scheduled to be on-site tomorrow (Saturday) to install the base and leveling courses of asphalt at the Maple/Michigan Ave intersection.  On Monday, Cadillac is scheduled to put down the top course of asphalt on the north half of the mainline of Michigan Ave from Maple all the way to the bridge deck at the west end of the project.  Once the mainline is topped with asphalt, Cadillac Asphalt is scheduled to finish up the paving on the north side by topping the side street intersections and various small paved areas.  Some more good news is that the Maple/Michigan Ave intersection will re-open later in the day on Wednesday, November 9th

Note: When Cadillac Asphalt is topping the side street intersections and various small paved areas, there will be intermittent/short-term closures and/or flagging crews to maintain traffic.  Please be aware as you travel Michigan Ave. 

Note:  The entrance to Curtiss Park is scheduled to be closed beginning on Thursday, November 10th and is expected to be closed for approximately two weeks as work is completed.

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 November 7th:          

Traffic Information
The following streets are scheduled to remain open this coming week:  Harris, Davenport, Ann Arbor, Mills and Lewis. 

Maple Road is scheduled to re-open later in the day on Wednesday, November 9th.   

Note: When Cadillac Asphalt is topping the side street intersections and various small paved areas, there will be intermittent/short-term closures and/or flagging crews to maintain traffic.  Please be aware as you navigate Michigan Ave. 

Note:  The entrance to Curtiss Park is scheduled to be closed beginning on Thursday, November 10th and is expected to be closed for approximately two weeks as work is completed.

Note: Full access from N. Ann Arbor Street to Downtown Parking Lot #1 (NE quadrant of downtown) has been completely restored.  Hall Street will be restored to one-way traffic as of Monday, November 7th.  This means that vehicles will no longer be able to access Hall Street from McKay Street as of Monday, November 7th

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. 

Pedestrian Traffic
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.

Construction Activities
Asphalt paving to continue

New trees and landscaping installation continues

Decorative brick installation continues

Manhole adjusting on south side of Michigan Ave

Decorative lighting work will continue (installing light pole bases, 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.                                                                                                                       

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