Busy Road Project Season in Green Oak Township

July 11, 2014

Busy Road Project Season in Green Oak Township

7/11/14 - A number of construction projects are planned on roads throughout Green Oak Township this summer. Supervisor Mark St. Charles says they are just now starting the second season of their road reconstruction and maintenance program, funded through a millage approved by voters. He says they tackled the easier projects last year and are now entering the more complicated phase with complex projects on higher volume roadways that require a fair amount of design and engineering and difficult soil conditions. The first project is close to completion and involved improvements on Nine Mile Road from Marshall Road to just west of East Shore Drive. Once that’s substantially finished, St. Charles says they’ll move onto the infamous Fieldcrest Road which is pictured and will be done in two sections and should be starting within a week. The third project is along Winans Lake Road from Rickett to the Hamburg Township line and that’s expected to be one of the most problematic this year. St. Charles advises avoiding both Fieldcrest and Winans Lake Roads if possible throughout the duration of the construction, which will involve closures and delays. All of the rain has impacted a number of road projects, putting many contractors behind but St. Charles says that’s just the nature of the beast in the road business. The three projects that will be done as part of this year’s paving program are cashing in right around $3.4 (m) million. That’s around $1.5 (m) million less than estimated and while a separate trail paving project might come in higher than anticipated; St. Charles says it still puts them well under budget. The trail will stretch from Silver Lake Road in between US-23 and Fieldcrest Road, up to Lee Road, with a short connection to the Island Lake Recreation Area. It’s one of the first legs to try and get a trail across Green Oak Township. Prep work and the trail paving will be done this summer, with the exception of the non-motorized pedestrian crossing over the Huron River which will be done next year. The 4th project that was scheduled this year was Rushton Road from Doane to Silver Lake Road but due to the extensive nature of the work, it’s been shifted into 2015. St. Charles says residents will see a tremendous amount of utility work in the area along with bridge and culvert work - all in preparation for next spring’s paving contract. (JM)

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