Three Rivers officials said beginning Thursday, River Road will be closed to through traffic for at least a six-week period for infrastructure work.
City crews plan to work on the remainder of the water main under River Road to be replaced and extended to serve properties at the east end of the city.
The detour will be from 9th Street to Holtom Road. Motorists westbound on River Road are advised to go south to M-86 or north to M-60 to get into town.
Also beginning Thursday, Hoffman Street will be closed at West Street for at least one day, as construction crews plan to tap the water main on the north side of Hoffman. The work is in advance of the West Street water main replacement project.
A detour route is posted, and includes Maple Street, Armstrong Boulevard and North Main Street.
Roadwork on a section of West Michigan Avenue in Three Rivers is expected to result in the closure of two lanes starting today.
According to city officials, a one-lane closure has been in place due to a water main break under the roadway, which is overseen by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Starting today, however, Niles-based Northern Construction Services Corp. will begin repairs under the surface of both eastbound lanes. It will remain a two-lane closure for an unknown number of days, until the repair is made and the street surface is re-installed.
Emergency crews responded Wednesday afternoon to a diesel fuel spill on U.S. 131 in northern St. Joseph County.
Sheriff’s Department personnel said a semi tractor-trailer was heading north when its driver’s side, front tire blew out. The force of the blown tire punctured the fuel tank, investigators said.
Traffic was reduced to one lane while emergency personnel tended to the situation. The Michigan Department of Transportation and Fabius-Park Townships Fire Department responded to the incident.
The owner of the rig and the amount of fuel that leaked from the tank was not stated in a department news release.
Repair crews who spent last week correcting a bumpy railroad crossing on U.S. 12 in Sturgis will be back today to perform additional work.
City officials said the work will center on a warped railroad tie on the tracks located on West Chicago Road, the busiest east-west route in the city.
The Michigan Department of Transportation will be handling traffic control around the repair. Traffic will be able to use US-12 during the work, but eastbound traffic will be shifted to the center lane.
Work is scheduled to start around 9:30 a.m. and take around four to six hours.
The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners this week approved a request for use of its property for the annual Centreville Covered Bridge Days festival.
From 10 a.m. June 22 to 6 p.m. June 23, use of the north area of the courthouse lawn will be turned over to committee members, who typically incorporate a variety of vendors into the event. Food, arts and crafts, and other items are popular attractions during the festival.
The committee expects to work out an agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation for use of a stretch of M-86 on which a parade and live entertainment will take place.
The city of Sturgis has announced that railroad work beginning next week on West Chicago Road will close a section of the city’s most heavily traveled east-west roadway.
The Michigan Department of Transportation will be conducting repairs on the railroad crossing starting Monday. The work will close U.S. 12 to thru traffic east of Jacob Street and west of Jefferson Street for the duration of construction.
Construction and closure of the road is expected to run through Friday. Additional time may be necessary based on weather conditions and construction progress.
A comprehensive detour route will be set up for thru traffic on U.S. 12. Designated detour routes are available through the city’s website, which is www.sturgis.mi.us.
U.S. 12 east of Jacob Street will be open to local business traffic during the project.