(Submitted by City of Saline Manager Todd Campbell)
Wow, it’s already the middle of June! The first day of summer is literally right around the corner on June 20th and the Michigan Ave reconstruction project continues to move along at a relatively smooth pace. In addition to the work progressing, MDOT has made some minor changes to the temporary traffic signals in an attempt to improve the flow of traffic along the Henry Street detour route. However, the challenge is that in order to add time to the north/south traffic at the three intersections on Henry Street (Ann Arbor, Harris and Old Creek), then time must be removed from the east/west traffic, creating congestion and back-ups for the east-bound traffic. Also, there seems to be a lack of understanding for the northbound vehicles on Old Creek Drive between Henry Street and Michigan Avenue; specifically the vehicles in the right lane. The right lane on Old Creek Drive between Henry Street and Michigan Avenue is for Right Turns Only, not for straight-thru traffic wanting to travel across Michigan Avenue onto Maple Road. Please watch for and obey the detour signs for everyone’s safety.
Week of June 20th
Hoffman Bros. will be closing the S. Lewis Street / US-12 intersection beginning today (Friday, June 17th) through Monday, June 27th for water main work. Also, once the S. Lewis Street intersection is re-opened, Hoffman Bros. is scheduled to close the S. Ann Arbor Street intersection for at least a week, if not longer for utility and streetscape work.
A friendly reminder – City staff encourages everyone to slow down, be patient and obey the traffic signs. In addition, please do not take short-cuts through private property, such as commercial and residential parking lots in an attempt to avoid the current traffic shifts/detour routes, as it is illegal and unsafe. Also, please be courteous to your fellow drivers and if possible, pause to let people out of their driveways.
Regarding pedestrian traffic, there are parts of the construction zone that are not open to pedestrian traffic. For example, the walkway in front of Oakwood Cemetery on the Michigan Ave side is not open to pedestrian traffic; there are signs in place that say sidewalk closed. There are also signs designating alternate pedestrian routes throughout the construction zone. Please obey the signs and seek alternate pedestrian routes that don’t include walking down the middle of re-routed traffic lanes.
Hoffman Bros. will be continuing forward with water main work this coming week. Additionally, crews will be working on installing water service lines and sanitary sewer laterals.
Please stay tuned for updates as the Michigan Ave project progresses. The City of Saline staff will be providing a minimum of a weekly update and sometimes daily informational postings depending on what is taking place in the construction zone.
Remember to visit our local Saline businesses during and after this great project and look for the Pave It Forward logo and the fun promotions being provided by Saline Main Street and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.