(Submitted by City of Saline Manager Todd Campbell)
Since it’s Thanksgiving week, I would like to begin the weekly update with a list of things that I am thankful for that pertain to the Michigan Ave project. I am thankful for: a great contractor-Hoffman Bros., the incredible weather that we had this past construction season, a patient and supportive community and a terrific team of City employees, City Council, Saline Main Street, Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, Saline Area Schools, local businesses and residents. A project of this magnitude doesn’t come together like it has without everyone working and pulling together – my heartfelt thanks!
Now, back to the project specifics, those folks that have traveled Michigan Ave and Downtown Saline, know that the project is very close to completion. The landscapers are scheduled to be here on Friday to finish up their work. DTE’s contractor continues to work on replacing sidewalks and the retaining wall at Michigan Ave/Maple Road intersection.
Reminder that the City of Saline is still 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 28th
All streets remain open. We will continue to see intermittent lane closures and construction barrels at various locations around the project as the contractors work toward completion.
Note: The entrance to Curtiss Park is closed while the new concrete entrance cures. The park entrance is scheduled to re-open on Monday. There is one more closure scheduled when the drive is paved; scheduled for some time next week.
Note: Full access from N. Ann Arbor Street to Downtown Parking Lot #1 (NE quadrant of downtown) has been completely restored. There will be a short time when the entrance into parking lot #1 is closed to install the small amount of asphalt that is needed. This is scheduled for some time next week.
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. 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.
Monday – grading at Curtiss Park entrance for asphalt/asphalt scheduled for some time next week.
Parking lot #1 will have minor paving completed whatever day the paving at Curtiss Park entrance is done (sometime next week).
Decorative brick continues to be installed.
The schedule for installing the decorative railing and steps for the west side of the 100 block on N. Ann Arbor Street is being determined currently.
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.