Road work begins in downtown Carson City


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 12:39 pm on Friday, October 28, 2011

Traffic is condensed to one lane in downtown Carson City during a four-week project to correct surface irregularities and restore structural integrity to the pavement.

CARSON CITY — Road work has begun in downtown Carson City to correct surface irregularities and restore structural integrity to the pavement.
Construction on a one-mile stretch of Main Street (M-57) began on Oct. 21 and will last about four weeks, estimated to finish by Nov. 15, according to Project Manager Steve Lampton of Florence Cement Co. in Shelby Township.
While no detours are necessary, Lampton said flagging will be needed to direct traffic at times during construction.
“You can expect traffic to be slower than usual,” said Lampton. “We will be stopping traffic in one direction for a period of time and then reversing the process.”
Lampton said weather is the determining factor in getting the project to complete on time.
“Heavy rain in September forced the project to start two weeks later than it was supposed to,” Lampton said. “I estimate the project to finish by Nov. 15, but rain could force that date to be pushed back as far as Nov. 19.”
Lampton said work first will be completed in the eastbound lane, forcing all traffic to condense in the westbound lane. Once completed, construction will move to the westbound lane, reversing the process.
City Administrator Mark Borden said the project is a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project coming in at $500,000. It involves concrete work repair work.
“As an end result you’re going to see a much more structurally sound Main Street,” Borden said. “The road was just due for some structural improvements.”

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