2017-03-12 / News

Road construction to be minimal this year on east side

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Imlay City officials are contemplating having M-53 north of the railroad bridge restriped to three lanes. 
Photo by Phil Foley Imlay City officials are contemplating having M-53 north of the railroad bridge restriped to three lanes. Photo by Phil Foley LAPEER COUNTY — The orange and white construction barrel season on the county’s east side in 2017 is going to be the calm before the storm.

Only Imlay City has any appreciable road projects and even those shouldn’t disrupt summer traffic too much.

Dryden Village Clerk Holly Shroyer said there are no street projects on tap for this summer, but in 2018, the village will rebuild Main Street including underground utility construction.

Over in Almont, Village Manager Mike Connors said DTE Energy crews will trim trees along village streets and DPW crews will clean sewer lines in anticipation of the first detailed look at what’s under the village streets since sewers were first installed in the 1920s.

Connors said the village will hold a kickoff meeting Thursday (March 16) with state officials for the beginning of its SAW (Stormwater Asset Management, and Wastewater) grant project. The village won’t consider any new street repair projects until officials identify what’s underneath them.

Connors also wants time to conduct an income study for the village. Currently, 42 percent of the village’s residents are listed as low income, which means Almont doesn’t qualify for the state’s Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) program.

Connors said if the village can show 51 percent of its population is low income, it would qualify for ICE money for street projects.

While the village won’t be tearing up any of its streets, Connors said MDOT will repave M-53 from the county line north to I-69.

Imlay City will hold a public hearing April 4 during its city commission meeting to discuss re-stripping M-53 between the CN railroad bridge and Capac Road for one year.

It’s part of the city’s plan to improve traffic safety on the highway through the city. City Manager Tom Youatt said the current four lanes are each only 10 feet wide.

The city wants to try a wider north-south travel lane, with a center left-turn lane. Youatt said if that doesn’t work out, the city would push for a wider four-lane road when sewers are rebuilt in the area next summer.

This fall Imlay City will use a $155,000 Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality Scrap Tire Grant to mill and repave Capac Road west from M-53 to the city limit and north on North Almont Avenue from Capac Road to the city limit. The asphalt will include a mixture that includes discarded tires.

The $310,000 project is expected to take three to four weeks to complete.

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