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Update on bypass

July 11, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation have issued an update on progress of the U.S. 131 Constantine bypass project.

MDOT’s Nick Schirripa said the $18 million undertaking remains within budget and on target for completion in late November.

Work on the 4.9-mile bypass started in February. Schirripa said crews are currently setting bridge beams and building piers for the span that will cross the St. Joseph River.

Meanwhile, crews have completed the topsoil stripping for the new roadway, and are in the process of building roadside ditches and putting down the sand sub-base.

Paving, he said, is expected to begin within two weeks.

Highway clean-up underway

July 10, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Motorists are advised to be on the lookout for Adopt-A-Highway volunteers who will begin the second of three sessions picking up litter along state highways beginning this weekend.

Participants in the Michigan Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program will be clearing highway roadsides any day between Saturday and the end of next week.

In 2012, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups reported collecting about 65,000 bags of trash, a cost benefit to the state of $5.6 million.

Current volunteers include members of various civic groups, businesses and families. Crew members have to be at least 12 years old and each group must number at least three people.

The year’s final Adopt-A-Highway pickup will be in the fall, from Sept. 21 to 29.

Road closure for M-86

July 10, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a press release, noting East Main Street lane closures in the village of Centreville.

The agency said lane closures for resurfacing will be in place through late August on eastbound and westbound M-86 in Centreville, from Nottawa Street to Shimmel Road.

The closure is expected to be in place through the end of August.

MDOT to start construction

June 21, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will start construction Monday on the M-43 (West Main Street) bridge over US-131 in Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo County.

Work begins Monday on US-131 to accommodate lane closures and shifts when the M-43 bridge work begins, which is expected to start Sunday, July 7. During this first phase, there will be nighttime single-lane closures on US-131.

Starting Sunday, July 7, crews will begin repaving M-43 over US-131 and repairing the bridge. The $2 million investment includes replacing deck joints, bridge railing, and pins and hangers; recoating structural steel; and repairing the substructure. All work is scheduled to be complete by Friday, Nov. 2.

Also included in this project is the addition of a sidewalk on M-43 over the bridge. The pedestrian access will be added to the south side of the bridge, and is a feature Oshtemo Township officials have worked together with MDOT to add to the project.

During construction, two lanes of US-131 will be open at all times. There will be at least one lane of M-43 open in each direction throughout construction. There will be some ramp closures during construction, and those dates will be announced in advance of the closures. During ramp closures, the posted detour will redirect motorists to Stadium Drive and 9th Street.

Project moving forward

June 19, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

Construction of a nearly five-mile, two-lane US-131 bypass of Constantine – a project that began on February 4th – continues to move forward with a target of completion in November 2013.

The project – with an $18 million price tag – includes a new, 870-foot bridge over the St. Joseph River near Riverside Drive, on the southwest side of the village.

In a Tuesday morning (June 18) update, Nick Schirripa of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Communications, said, “Crews are setting the bridge beams on spans, 1, 2 and 3. The guys still are building piers 4 and 5 along with continuing pile driving on abutment B. The numbers and letters don’t mean a lot to you and I, but it’s how the crews map the bridge work. The road is still being built as before.”

Throwing rocks at MDOT grader

May 31, 2013 by Administrator · Comments Off 

State police fielded a complaint of a home owner throwing rocks at passing motorists around 2 p.m. Thursday in Sturgis Township.

According to a media release, a Michigan Department of Transportation employee was grading the shoulder along westbound U.S. 12 near White School Road when the homeowner was seen throwing rocks. At least two vehicles, the MDOT grader and a Chevrolet pickup, were struck and damaged by rocks.

The matter remains under investigation; details regarding whether the suspect was cited were not included in the media release.

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