CAPAC — Sidewalks are complete and crews have begun blacktopping Main Street. Work on the village's Streetscape is on schedule and should be complete by the first of July.
After the heavy equipment clears and asphalt and concrete cure, the rest of the details will be finished, Acting Manager Dennis Collison said.
Benches, light posts and landscaping will round out the revamped look for downtown.
At Monday's council meeting, Collison said the state of Michigan has informed contractors they need to be done by July 2, not July 11, as they had previously told the village.
Rhona and Cliff Schroeder have watched the progress out of their hardware store windows.
"We're excited about the end result," Cliff said Monday in between helping customers.
"It's been really needed and will look absolutely wonderful in the end," Rhona added.
"The workmanship is fantastic."
It's the largest construction project they've dealt with as business owners in Capac for close to 30 years, but with an alley entrance and space for parking, their customers keep coming.
Capac’s Main St. is slated to reopen to traffic by July 2. Last week crews finished up stamped concrete work and this week asphalt will be laid. photo by Maria Brown.
They acknowledge the detour has been a challenge but "it's all for the good of the community," Rhona said.
As for Sally Aguinaga, owner of Outback Embroidery, the Streetscape work hasn't effected her business too much since she does more custom order work.
"It seems to be coming along pretty good,"Aguinaga said.
As promised, the work will be done in time for Capac's sesquicentennial celebration July 19-22. Organizers and the carnival owners plan to meet to pencil out where the rides will be placed strategically on Main St., taking into consideration the just-cured concrete and motion and weight of the rides.
The village's newest investor, Keihin Inc., is generously donating funds to place a clock at the corner of Main and Church streets, near the village offices.
The two-faced Verdin clock is self-operating, illuminated and will read 'Established in 1857' in reference to the village's founding.
Collison said the estimated value including installation is $13,000.