2018-05-06 / Insight

Orange barrel season set to begin in east side communities

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

LAPEER COUNTY — Two of three east side municipalities are looking at busy summers for road work.

Dryden

Dryden Dept. of Public Works Supervisor Jim Honnold said the village is in the midst of the biggest public works project in the community in more than a decade. In March the village cut down 16 Bradford pear trees downtown in preparation for replacement 3,000 feet of roadway.

Along with repaving

Main Street from Union Street west to Mullholland Street and Mill Street from North Street south to Liberty Street, the village will install planters and stamped concrete crosswalks at the main four corners, replace the landscape trees downtown and replace the storm sewers and water mains under the two streets.

Honnold said one lane of the street will be kept open throughout construction and temporary traffic lights will be installed. To keep business disruption to a minimum, contractors will trench and replace underground utilities one section at a time.

The work is expected to be complete by July, but in the meantime motorists can expect traffic delays, especially in the morning and early evening on what is part of the only Class A road between I-69 and the county line connecting M-53 and M-24.

Imlay City

In Imlay City City Manager Tom Youatt said work on the Gateway project could begin within a week of getting the Federal Highway Administration’s okay.

Starting where the pavement transitions from asphalt to concrete just south of Lucky’s Steakhouse, the city will remove 400 feet of unusable center turn lane and transform it into a landscaped median surrounded by brick pavers. Youatt said the city will put in flowering perennials, shrubs and trees and install the same LED lighting it installed along Almont Avenue and the Polly Ann Trail.

He added a brick welcome sign will be installed just north of the I-69 overpass.

“The idea,” he said, “is to slow down traffic and improve safety.”

At the other end of town, the city will be milling and repaving East Capac Road between M-53 and the bridge over the Belle River Drain.

The road was closed much of last summer while the bridge was being rebuilt and 2.8 miles of the road was rebuilt in Imlay Township at a cost of $2.8 million.

Youatt said the city’s taking bids on the estimated $225,400 project and work is expected to begin in July and be done in August.

The city will also repave three streets — Pine, Dirgo and Hunt. Milling and putting down a two-inch overlay is expected to take about $100,000 from the city’s local street budget.

Almont

Faced with renovating the village/ township hall, construction of a new police station and installation of a pressure reducing valve at the village’s booster station, Almont Village Manager Mike Connors said no street repair projects on currently on the books for this summer.

He said there’s a small chance the village might begin work on rebuilding Johnson Street between Washington and School streets behind the new Dollar General store.

“We’re behind the eight ball for bidding,” he said, but there’s a chance the village might be able to get to it late in the year.

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