2018-05-06 / Insight

MDOT expecting quiet summer in Lapeer County

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER COUNTY — Last year the Michigan Dept. of Transportation spent $2.5 million to resurface 1.5 miles of M-24 from Nepessing Street in Lapeer to Davis Lake Road in Mayfield Township and another $1.9 million to resurface 7.6 miles of M-53 from north of the Macomb/ Lapeer county line to I-69. This year the orange and white barrel season looks fairly quiet in Lapeer County, at least for MDOT.

“We’re in pretty good shape,” said Keith G. Brown, Operations Engineer at MDOT’s Davison Transportation Service Center. There are plans to do an overlay of M-53 north of Imlay City four to five years from now, but nothing is the works beyond routine maintenance for M-53, M-90, M-24 or I-69 in the immediate future.

Portable weight station pad

The biggest area project on the books for MDOT for this summer, said Brown, is a portable truck weight station pad for the Five Lakes Rest Area on eastbound I-69 at mile marker 161.

He said contractors will install a 16-by-100-foot concrete pad next to the rest stop’s truck parking area to give weighmasters a level area to set out their portable scales.

Brown said work on the project is expected to begin this week and be done by the end of June. He noted there will be one day at the beginning of the project and another at the end where the rest stop will be closed to the public.

M-24, Turrill traffic signal plans

Brown said that while the contract for installing a new traffic signal on M-24 at Turrill Road is expected to be awarded this fall, he doesn’t think work on the $150,000 project will begin until next spring. The intersection has been the scene of numerous serious injury accidents as well as several fatalities.

He said the city needs to extend the left-turn lanes an additional 200 feet on Turrill either side of the intersection and it takes six to eight weeks to get the poles for the project once they’re ordered.

Brown said it’s possible foundation work for the four traffic light poles could be completed this fall, but not contracts have been signed yet.

M-24 work north of countyline

Although it will be quiet on MDOT roads through the county this summer, motorists headed north on M-24 can expect periodic delays. Beginning May 15 crews will begin chip sealing and improving the gravel shoulder, from the Lapeer/Tuscola county line to the south city limit of Caro.

Brown said the $924,000 project is expected to be complete by Aug. 31. The project will result in a smoother driving surface and increased safety and will extend the lifespan of the roadway.

While the project is underway motorists can expect to encounter single-lane closures with flag control.

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