(From City Manager Todd Campbell)
More of the same this coming week - sanitary sewer replacement, storm sewers, water services, gas main relocation, and excavation for the new road bed continue on the north. Also, an update on the completion dates for the Michigan Ave project – traffic to be restored back to normal by November 15th, with substantial completion by November 30th. The project is approximately 30 days behind schedule. Note: please see the Traffic section below for important information about the Maple Road intersection.
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 3rd
Lewis Street is re-opened and Mills Street was closed today. Harris Street will be closed and Davenport Street will be re-opened beginning this coming Monday.
DTE plans to close the Maple Road intersection this weekend beginning at 6 AM Saturday, October 1st through 5 AM Monday, October 3rd. Detour routes will be posted directing north-south traffic to Harris Street. East-west travel will be maintained on Michigan Avenue.
The intersection was restriped to make room for gas main relocation on the west side of the street. Northbound and southbound traffic will be maintained on weekdays, but the lanes are narrow and shifted to the east. This shift is expected to last another 4 weeks.
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.
Sidewalk removal work is in progress this week on the north half of the project. Hoffman Brothers will work to maintain access to businesses. Temporary board walks will be installed as they were on the south. Please be alert for changing conditions and construction activities.
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.
Sanitary sewer, storm sewer, sanitary and water service lines, and excavation for the roadway continue all week.
Intersection work at Mills Street will continue next week. Concrete curb and gutter work will take place from Monroe Street to the west late next week. Sidewalk work is scheduled for next week also.
Paving is scheduled for later in the week near Davenport Street intersection to Ann Arbor Street intersection.
DTE continues gas main relocation at the east end of the project.
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.