(From City of Saline Manager Todd Campbell)
The Michigan Ave Midway Celebration that was held this past week was a success. Over 200 people came downtown Thursday of this week to check out the improvements on Michigan Ave and S. Ann Arbor Street. The event was hosted by community partners - the City of Saline and Saline Main Street. A big thank you to Mac’s Acadian Seafood, Brecon Grille and Carrigan’s Café for their assistance in helping this celebration take place. And also a shout out to everyone that came downtown and enjoyed a great box lunch and experienced the new infrastructure improvements.
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 September 12th
The N. Harris Street intersection will remain closed through next week. Additionally, Davenport Street on the north side of Michigan Ave will be closed beginning Monday or Tuesday next week, for approximately one week.
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.
Good news! The pedestrian access from the bridge east towards downtown is open. Some, but not all of the concrete path has been installed. In an attempt to provide pedestrian access for residents west of the bridge, the contractor has put in asphalt for a temporary path in a few locations to complete the pedestrian access route. The temporary asphalt patches will be replaced with concrete later in the project. Access to businesses will continue to be maintained. Please follow the signs, obey the barricades, and watch your step. Pedestrian detours may change periodically for the duration of the project, depending on the specific work that is being done. Please pay attention to the pedestrian detour signs and follow them accordingly.
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.
Saturday – Wednesday: water services, storm sewer leads to be installed just east of Davenport Street to Harris Street.
On-going: A Hoffman Bros. pipe crew will continue to work on sanitary sewer installation from Harris Street to Ann Arbor Street.
Thursday: A second Hoffman Bros. pipe crew will begin sanitary sewer installation beginning at Monroe Street and working towards Ann Arbor Street.
The sidewalk brick work will continue on the south side of Michigan Ave and along S. Ann Arbor Street this coming week.
Decorative lighting installation will continue. The contractor is working diligently as they install new downtown decorative lights on the south side of Michigan Ave and remove existing decorative lights for refurbishing. The plan is to have at least some decorative lights up and working on the south side prior to removing the existing decorative lights on the north side so there are always working lights downtown. However, if this is not possible, the contractor will do their best to minimize the time where there are not any working downtown decorative lights.
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.