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Sturgis’ West South Street selected for rehab

West South Street, from South Centerville Road to east of the railroad tracks, was identified in Sturgis’ 10-year street-improvement program and has been selected for significant rehabilitation. City commissioners last week approved the task order with Fleis and Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc. for preliminary design, final design and bidding services for $48,000. Construction for West South Street will be partially funded ... Read More »

MDOT open house

  The Michigan Department of Transportation is staging an open house next week in advance of a major reconstruction project in downtown Mendon in 2015. The open house takes place 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mendon village office. MDOT next year plans to reconstruct more than a mile of M-60 through the downtown area. In addition, new sewer, ... Read More »

Finding money for roads

Action by the state’s elected leaders and money are key solutions to improving the condition of roads in St. Joseph County and the rest of the state. The solution was detailed Thursday by Christopher Bolt, engineer-manager of the St. Joseph County Road Commission. The Centreville-based agency staged a first-of-its-kind “road summit” that drew more than 60 people to Centreville. Bolt ... Read More »

Bridge to be replaced

A detour was set up on Pulver Road last week, as crews prepare to replace the Rocky River bridge. Located between Burlew Road and M-216 in Flowerfield Township, the bridge will be replaced this spring by Allegan County-based Milbocker and Sons. The same company will also be charged with replacing the Floating Bridge Road bridge, also spanning the Rocky River ... Read More »

Weather causing potholes

The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a press release regarding potholes caused by sub-zero temperatures and near-record snowfall. MDOT officials said weather conditions are leading directly to severe potholes across the state, putting further strain on pavement and the efforts MDOT crews have put forth filling potholes during the various freeze-thaw cycles. The extreme pothole season on top of ... Read More »

Sheriff offers thanks

St. Joseph County Sheriff Brad Balk offered his thanks to citizens adhering to the snow emergency Tuesday, as road commission members were able to clear key roads in the area. As a result, the travel advisory was lifted at noon Tuesday, four hours earlier than its original expiration. Balk said the emergency is declared in situations when road crews need ... Read More »