Okemos Road bridge construction will linger into winter

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OKEMOS — Although Meridian Township officers and residents hoped the Okemos Road bridge alternative enterprise Can be carried out this month, its completion date has been pushed again this winter.

Meridian Township Director of Public Works Dan Opsommer said Wednesday that As a Outcome of Of 1-month delay On the outset of the Ingham County Road Division enterprise, and concrete and contractor shortages, the enterprise is Not on time.

“Based mostly on every thing that All of us know, we’re advising residents that It is going to be accomplished between mid-December and mid-January,” he said.

The $8.75-million enterprise consists of changing The prevailing bridges with a 5-lane, single-span bridge, and Mt. Hope interpart reenhancement, visitors signal and sidewalk/ramp reenhancement.

The two current bridges are functionally out of date Based mostly on current bridge designal requirements, the Ingham County Road Division said in A gathering discover.

Work was Alleged to start out in February, however enhancement was delayed a month due to AT&T upgrades, collectively with boring new ducts beneath the Purple Cedar River, pulling new strains by way of the ducts and splicing the strains.

Township officers accredited letting contractors work on the enterprise on Sundays As a Outcome of of delay and the objective was to nonetheless finish the enterprise in late November if Tright here have been no further delays, Opsommer said.

Through the enterprise, Okemos Road southbound visitors is being detoured by way of Hagadorn and Dobie roads, he said.

Contractors have accomplished grading Okemos Road north of the bridge and positioned concrete curb and gutter, Based mostly on a Nov. 7 Meridian Township replace on the enterprise. A concrete subcontractor was anticipated to start paving the northbound roadway that week and a contractor was anticipated to proceed eradicating pavement from the previous bridge To solely north of Wonch Park for storm sewer work.

Opsommer said officers respect everyone’s endurance and acknowledge this has been an exceedingly troublesome yr for enhancement. The township has furtherly beneathgone An monumental $14.7 million enterprise to resurface and enhance drainage alongside 3.25 miles of Grand River Avenue.

Officials are wanting forward to The mannequin new bridge opening and the two remaining enhancement parts of Grand River Avenue reopening Inside The approaching months, he said.

The Okemos Road interpart for the Grand River Avenue enterprise Shall be accomplished this month and the Nakoma Drive part in entrance of Playmakers Shall be accomplished sometime between early December to early January, depfinishing on concrete availability, Opsommer said.

Subsequent yr when asphalt crops open in Might, the Michigan Division of Transportation will resume Grand River Avenue work milling and resurfacing the Marsh Road interpart and all remaining parts of Grand River Avenue from Marsh Road to Campus Hill Flats, he said.

“But milling and resurfacing goes A lot extra shortly than the intensive reconstruct and the elevating of the road that occurred this yr,” he said. “So next yr Shall be, for all intents and features, a much lighter And much More straightforward to navigate enhancement zone.”

And a few enhancement Inside the township has been accomplished. Southbound Okemos Road between Lake Lansing and Haslett roads reopened Nov. 11 after the East Lansing Meridian Water & Sewer Authority closed it to construct out water mains and construct extra performance for the township’s water system.

And the township’s native road enhancement plan to do 6.84 miles of rehabilitation work And three.74 miles of cape seal work has concluded, Opsommer said.

“So enhancement is definitely winding down and giving everyone a break right here,” he said. “So hopefully if the bridge Is accomplished, It is going to be a terrific Christmas current.”

Contact Bryce Airgood at 517-267-0448 or [email protected] Adjust to her on Twitter @bairgood123.

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