A group of Centreville residents is voicing opposition to a sidewalk plan in their neighborhood.
Nearly two dozen residents attended this week’s Centreville Village Council meeting to voice concern over sidewalks to be built through a Safe Routes To School grant. The $416,000 to help cover the sidewalk-development cost was awarded last September.
Comments ranged from the need for the sidewalks to concern tax dollars will be used for construction. Village officials reiterated the grant will cover all expenses.
The project is now in the hands of officials from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The agency is expected to approve the village’s sidewalk plan early next month, with bids awarded by the end of June.
Construction would likely start in July, with the work done before the start of school in September.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced a six-week road project impacting traffic on U.S. 12 in Cass County.
MDOT’s Nick Schirripa said the agency starting Wednesday will be resurfacing U.S. 12 from M-62 in Edwardsburg to Mason Street in Union, and M-217 from the state line to U.S. 12 in Union.
There will be single-lane closures under flag control, Schirripa said.
The project is due to be completed June 28.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has issued a road-improvement grant to the city of Sturgis to complement an expansion project underway by Summit Polymers.
State Rep. Matt Lori announced the $242,640 grant would be matched by $60,660 put up by the city to improve a 1,420-foot portion of Broadus Street between Progress Street and Dresser Drive for all-season access to Summit Polymers.
Sturgis City Manager Mike Hughes said the grant complements the company’s commitment to a $1 million investment in equipment for a new line and overall upgrades of the automobile-parts supplier’s Sturgis plant.
While Summit Polymers has already started work on its new line, the city will complete the roadwork for which the grant was awarded later this calendar year, Hughes said.
Summit Polymers currently has 157 employees at its Sturgis facility and plans to add 27 more workers when its new line is put into operation.
The first session of the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup of 2013 begins Saturday.
Overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation, Adopt-A-Highway involves volunteers picking up litter along state highways from April 13 to 21, the first of three scheduled pickups this year.
In 2012, Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups collected about 65,000 bags of trash, a cost benefit to the state of $5.6 million.
Volunteers, who must be at least 12 years old, wear safety vests when working within a highway’s right of way. MDOT provides the vests and trash bags for free, and arranges to haul away the trash. Agency officials ask motorists to use caution when entering an Adopt-A-Highway zone.
Sections of highway are still available for adoption. Additional information may be found at Michigan.gov/adoptahighway.
Statewide, there will be a summer pickup from July 13 to 21, and a fall pickup from Sept. 21 to 29.
After two delays, the Michigan Department of Transportation is set to begin next week road construction on M-216 in Flowerfield Township.
Starting Monday, the road will be closed west of the U.S. 131 intersection for a $1.8 million reconstruction project.
A detour will follow Pulver, Johnson and Flowerfield roads. The roadwork is set to be completed in June.
Previous start dates were March 18 and March 25.
Other summer projects in St. Joseph County include resurfacing M-60/66 in Colon and Leonidas townships and repaving M-86 from Nottawa Street to Shimmel Road in Centreville. Start dates for those undertakings have not been announced.
The Michigan Department of Transportation has announced its plans to invest more than $75 million in 2013 to improve 141 miles of roadways and repair 21 bridges in its Southwest Region.
The region includes St. Joseph County.
The Southwest Region 2013 program will provide approximately $48.4 million for pavement repair and roughly $27 million to upgrade bridges to good condition.
Region Engineer Bobbi Welke said a key project within the 2013 program is construction of the Constantine US-131 bypass, a $40.7 million task using federal transportation funding unspent by other states.
Elsewhere in St. Joseph County, projects include resurfacing M-60/66 in Colon and Leonidas townships; repaving M-86 from Nottawa Street to Shimmel Road in Centreville; and $1.8 million investment to reconstruct M-216, west of US-131 in Flowerfield Township. That project starts Monday and detours are in place.
One local project in Cass County involves M-40 and features a $900,000 investment to repave the north-south route between U.S. 12 and M-60.