May 2017 Update
Forestry is substantially complete in the reconstruction area. Water main is to be delivered beginning May 12, with excavation activities expected to begin on or soon after May 15.
Staging for construction is to take place ihn Winshall Park, near Whitney Court. Equipment and materials will be here throughout the duration of the project.
Waste and recycling is still planned for curbside pickup.
Driveway interuptions will occur as necessary to trench water main, remove/replace curb/sidewalk/drive approaches. The estimated interuptions that are expected to deny access are overnight is set at 6-8 days. The contract will inform you in advance of these interuptions and indicate where you should be able to park.
Contact city hall with questions at 810.635.4464.
City Streets Updates - March 2017
The pre-construction meeting for the reconstruction and rehabilitation projects has been held. We are still awaiting final details regarding waste collection options during construction and the final forestry plan. For now, it appears that waste collection will be at the curb for most of the project. The revised plans also call for replacement 5' sidewalk on both sides of Chesterfield, Worchester, and Winston.
Expect the gas line replacement to end at the beginning of April, followed by tree removal. Watermain replacement will then commence in phases, with street construction to occur in late summer/early fall. Check out the proposed construction schedule here.
Preventative maintenance bids have been approved for seal coating for about half of the downtown streets, including First, Second, Third, Wade, Brady (north of Ingalls), McLain (north of Ingalls), Ford, Hayes, as well as Jennie Lane in Ottoburn Heights. This project will create a lessor distrubance and require less time than the rehabilitation and reconstruction projects. A time has not yet been set for commencement.
City Streets Updates - February 2017
Street reconstruction and rehabilitation projects for 2017 have been approved and are in the pre-construction planning phase. Streets slated for reconstruction this year include:
The reconstruction projects will include complete removal and replacement of the road and curb, installation of new water main on the same side as the existing watermain, new driveway approaches, replacement sidewalk on the water main side, replacement of most trees on the water main side, and replacement of some trees on the non-water main side.
The general timeline will include replacement of the gas lines and services by Consumers Energy in March, water main work from April - June, and road replacement from June - November. This project will be messy and a horrible inconvenience! There will be interruptions in access, water service, and waste collection. The city and contractor will attempt to keep folks informed of these project occurrences via the city's webpage, Facebook, door hangers, the newsletter, and job site bulletin boards.
If you are directly impacted, expect to have waste services halted this summer. A garbage, yard waste, and recycling drop off point is planned for the center parking lot of Winshall Park.
In addition, there are streets slated for rehabilitation. These include:
Abbey Lane (new asphalt with some curb replacement)
Ingalls (new asphalt with some curb replacement, as well as a narrowing and sidewalk addition between Fairchild and School)
Lastly, many downtown streets are slated for a seal coat as a preventative maintenance feature. These bids have not yet been approved.
City Streets Updates - October 2016
Overband crack sealant is being applied to many miles of major and local streets, beginning October 12, 2016. This will create a bumpy ride for a few weeks, but it should settle in nicely by the time winter weather rolls in. Please be mindful of construction workers! The city has also contracted with a company to stripe the impacted roads so that we have visible markings for those long, dark winter commutes.
Concerning traffic circles and other features, there are no plans to include these in the upcoming street reconstruction projects (see the link for upcoming repairs and maintenance). However, pedestrian medians (islands) may be considered after bids are received in the spring. Please note that those streets slated for reconstruction are also proposed to have water main replaced. This means that the side with the existing water main shall be excavated, with all trees, sidewalk, and driveway approaches removed. This work is expected to be prolonged, beginning in April and ending in November. It will be unpleasant, with interruptions to access, waste collection, and water pressure. Please pardon the dust. Contact city hall with questions at 810.635.4464.