A summer-long project in the village of Centreville finished last week.
Thanks to a state grant of more than $400,000 awarded last fall, the installation of sidewalks along the village’s busiest streets leading to Centreville Elementary and Centreville Jr./Sr. High schools has been completed.
The $416,000 Michigan Department of Transportation grant was one of six issued to Michigan communities as part of its Safe Routes to School initiative.
Chris Sheteron, a former village council member and key figure in the 2009 establishment of the village’s Safe Routes to School Committee, said the sidewalks give school kids on the west side of the village a safer way to get to school.
The majority of the sidewalks run parallel to West Railroad and Charlotte streets.
Sunny skies helped draw more than 2,000 people to Meyer Broadway Park as part of Sunday’s Three Rivers Area Fall Color Tour.
The county-owned park was one of 13 locations on the 2013 tour, a self-guided event offering attractions, activities, food and fall-related fun.
Christy Trammell, executive director of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, said many of the people she talked to during the event decided the day of to participate because of the sunny weather.
Other popular stops on the tour included Swiss Valley, Corey Lake Orchards Farm Market, Scidmore Park and Riverbend Farm Antiques.
The tour has been an annual Three Rivers-area event since the 1950s.
A 35-year-old Three Rivers man suffered minor injuries after he was involved in a single-vehicle accident over the weekend in Cass County’s Lagrange Township.
Sheriff Joe Underwood said his office responded at 3:10 a.m. Sunday to a personal-injury crash at the intersection of Pokagon Highway and Wilberhill Road.
Demetrius Pritchard was traveling south on Wilberhill in a Pontiac minivan when he fell asleep and failed to stop at the three-way intersection on Pokagon Highway.
Pritchard’s vehicle went airborne, down an embankment, struck a utility pole and rolled his numerous times, coming to rest in a cornfield approximately 300 yards south of the roadway.
Pritchard was able to crawl from the vehicle and call for help. Injuries appeared to be minor, though Pritchard was transported to Dowagiac’s Lee Memorial Hospital for observation.
Crews from the St. Joseph County Road Commission this week started work on a $100,000 upgrade of the Langley Covered Bridge.
The task, slated to take two weeks to complete, focuses on replacing the upper portion of the bridge’s two-layer deck.
Chris Minger, director of operations, said the bridge has a two-part floor, and the structure is at a point where its condition requires the removal and replacement of oak planks.
Minger said a few additional odd jobs will be done while the bridge is closed. Some of that work includes replacing cross-piece stabilizers, as well as duties that can be performed only from under the 300-foot-long bridge.
Minger said the Langley Covered Bridge averages between 1,700 and 2,000 vehicles a day. Its detour has traffic heading about a mile east to Angevine Road.
Three Rivers Mayor Tom Lowry and commissioners last week agreed to two major purchases.
In advance of winter weather, the city commission approved the purchase of 5,000 pounds of road salt. The $24,000 transaction will call for 60 percent of the salt to be delivered ahead of the season and the balance will be shipped later in the winter.
Also, the commission agreed to buy a pickup truck that will be converted into a brush truck. The $24,000 Silverado from Vetter Chevrolet was conducted in tandem with the Lockport Township fire contract.
A 12-month ridership record was set during the St. Joseph County Transportation Authority’s most recent fiscal year.
Steve Yorks, executive director of the Three Rivers-based agency, said the CTA provided 96,960 rides in its 2012-13 fiscal year. The 52-week period ended Sept. 30.
The figure reflects a 2 percent increase from the 2011-12 fiscal year, when 94,940 rides were provided.
Yorks said the record-setting numbers in 2012-13 include a three-month summer period when ridership numbers were down compared to a year earlier. But a busy winter and strong September helped the 2012-13 fiscal year set the agency’s new high-water mark, Yorks said.
The CTA board, which operates on a $1.6 million annual budget, will be asking voters next August to renew a four-year operational millage. The millage generates about $600,000 of the authority’s annual budget.