(Submitted by City of Saline Manager Todd Campbell)
Another week of progress completed on the Michigan Ave project. We have been blessed with solid work conditions over-all thus far. However, due to the extensive utility work and many underground conflicts, known and unknown, the project is approximately two weeks behind schedule. Hoffman Bros. is hoping to be able to get back on schedule in future phases.
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 July 18th
The S. Ann Arbor Street intersection will be re-opened by the end of the day on Friday, July 15th. The S. Harris Street intersection will be closed beginning Monday, July 18th, for at least one week. Additionally, Davenport will be closed for one day on Monday, July 18th for utility work.
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.
South Ann Arbor will be re-opened by the end of the day on Friday, July 15th. Access to businesses will continue to be maintained. Please follow the signs, obey the barricades, and watch your step.
There are parts of the construction zone that are not open to pedestrian traffic. For example, the walkway in front of Oakwood Cemetery on the Michigan Ave side is not open to pedestrian traffic; there are signs in place that say sidewalk closed. 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.
Concrete work on sidewalks and curbs will continue from Monroe Street to S. Ann Arbor Street next week along with progress on storm sewer at the bridge adjacent to Curtiss Park. Additionally, more streetscape work is scheduled for next week; including – sidewalk brick work and raised planter beds.
Storm and sanitary sewer work will continue next week, specifically at the Davenport and Harris Street intersections. Hoffman Bros. has also scheduled curb and gutter work from S. Ann Arbor Street to S. Harris Street. Additionally, the crew will be installing the mast arm bases for the traffic signals on the north side of Michigan Ave at the N. Ann Arbor Street intersection; there may be some tree removal involved. Lastly, we may see asphalt put down from Monroe Street to S. Ann Arbor Street mid to late next week.
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.