Saturday, August 25, 2018

Major highway improvement project set to begin on West Grand River 
   A major highway improvement project is set to begin this week on West Grand River, west of Fowlerville. The work will cover the stretch of highway between the Red Cedar River bridge on the west edge of the Village, westward to Nicholson Road.
   Mike Craine, the manager of the Livingston County Road Commission, said that the overall project will include milling off the old asphalt, joint repair to the underlying concrete, drainage-improvement work, and installing new asphalt. 
   “There are some water problems that need to be fixed,” he noted. “Also, there’s concrete under the existing pavement that was installed in the 1930s and what we know about concrete in Michigan is that it gets hard and cracks. So, we’ll be fixing the joints in the concrete as well as those cracks. After that we’ll install four inches of new asphalt.”
    The cost of the project will be around $1.1 million with $830,000 of the funds coming from the state and federal governments and the rest from the county road commission budget.
   While the project falls under the jurisdiction of the Livingston County Road Commission, bids were handled by the Michigan Dept. of Transportation since federal funds are being used.
   Craine said that Rieth-Riley Construction of Lansing is doing the work.
   A similar project was done in 2015 on the stretch of West Grand River between Nicholson and Wallace Road (the county line), so this work will complete improvements on that entire stretch of highway.
    Signs were put up on the highway indicating that road work would begin on Friday, August 24, but Craine said the actual start would probably be this Monday. The signs also cautioned that motorists using this part of the highway should expect delays. 
   “The highway will have one lane open with adequate flaggers onsite to keep traffic flowing as fast as possible,” Craine said, adding that “The work is expected to be done by Sept. 30.”

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