ALMONT — A sidewalk improvement project downtown should keep pedestrians on a level footing.
The project is being paid for by the Almont Downtown Development Authority and involves the replacement of uneven brick pavers with stamped concrete.
The work is being done by Stamped Concrete Specialists, Inc. of Metamora at a cost of $44,500, less than the previously budgeted amount of $50,000. DDA Director Nancy Boxey said the concrete work was deemed necessary to remedy irregularities in the sidewalks caused by shifting brick pavers.
Workers from Stamped Concrete Specialists of Metamora put the finishing touches on newly-poured cement along Main Street in Almont. photo by Tom Wearing.
The brick pavers had been installed in 1999, in conjunction with a Michigan Dept. of Transportation road improvement and sewer lead replacement project. The brick pavers were installed during the final stages of that project.
Boxey said it is believed the stamped concrete will offer greater durability and eliminate safety concerns about people tripping on the shifting brick pavers.
"Based on the cost and the longterm durability, this made the most financial sense," said Boxey. "We're very pleased. The contractor has done exactly what was planned, and with minimal disruption for our downtown business owners."
Boxey said about 200 brick pavers that had been purchased and inscripted with family names, will be reset in the downtown area.