(by City of Saline Manager Todd Campbell)
The first week of August is almost complete and positive progress on the Michigan Ave project continues. The work scheduled to finish up this week includes more water main, finish grading from the bridge to Mills Street and from Harris Street to Ann Arbor Street in preparation for paving next week.
The City of Saline is selling pieces of the old street car tracks on a first come first served basis at City Hall, for those folks that would like to own a piece of Saline history. The cost is $25 for a 12” section of track; a portion of the proceeds will be used to pay for the cost of cutting up the track with the balance going towards a fundraiser to assist in paying for the new downtown streetscape.
Week of August 8th
S. Ann Arbor Street will remain open. S. Harris Street is scheduled to be re-opened Wednesday, August 10th. Davenport Street will continue to be closed next week also. Note: Next week, S. Ann Arbor Street between Michigan Ave and Henry Street will be closed beginning Friday, August 12th in the morning for Summerfest. S. Ann Arbor Street will be re-opened by 11:30pm on Saturday evening. Additionally, N. Ann Arbor from Michigan Ave to McKay Street will be closed for Summerfest beginning early morning on Saturday, August 13th. N. Ann Arbor Street will be re-opened at or before 11pm on Saturday evening. E. McKay Street will be closed from N. Ann Arbor to N. Harris Street for Summerfest also.
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 in an attempt to avoid the current traffic shifts/detour routes, as it is illegal and unsafe. And please pause to let people out of their driveways.
Access to businesses will continue to be maintained. Please follow the signs, obey the barricades, and watch your step. Pedestrian detours may change periodically for the duration of the project, depending on the specific work that is being done. Please pay attention to the pedestrian detour signs and follow them accordingly. Note: Please be cautious when navigating Summerfest activities as the contractors will be working as usual on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th.
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.
Cadillac Asphalt is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of next week for paving from the bridge to Mills Street. Crews will be working on grading on Michigan Ave from S. Harris Street to S. Davenport Street. The brick work for the downtown sidewalks is scheduled to begin on S. Ann Arbor Street next week. Other work includes removals and storm sewer work between Davenport Street and Old Creek Drive and concrete curb and gutter on Michigan Ave between S. Harris Street and S. Davenport Street.
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 provide by Saline Main Street and the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.