ALMONT TWP. — Michigan Department of Transportation officials were able to deliver some good news to business owners and local government officials at Monday's M-53 Corridor Meeting.
Mike Hemmingsen said plans for total road closure of M-53 at Hollow Corners Road this summer has been trimmed from 15 days to 10 days. Crews will replace a box culvert at the Belle River that collapsed last August and cause a sinkhole to form on the east shoulder of the roadway. The contractor will mobilize their equipment at the site in early June and the closure will likely begin on or about June 14.
"I appreciate that you're doing what you can to help us out," said Terry Papineau who operates a pool sales and supplies store just south of Hollow Corners Road.
A stretch of M-53 in Almont Twp. will be closed for ten days in June so crews can fix a culvert that failed in August as the result of flooding.
Traffic will be detoured for 10 calendar days. The signed route for truck traffic will be Dryden Road to M-24 to I-69 and east to M-53. Car traffic will be detoured east on Dryden Road to Graham/Glover Road and north to Imlay City Road/M-21 and then west to M-53. Signage will remind drivers that businesses remain open to customers.
"Everything will be open again in time for the Fourth of July," Hemmingsen said.
Local officials expressed concern for the extra traffic all other roads will see during the detour. Lapeer County Road Commissioner Dale Duckert said the county can prepare physically for the extra work but worries about the extra cost they'll have to bear.
Also this summer, MDOT has plans to mill and resurface M-53 from the Macomb County line to I-69. Work will begin in mid-August and should be completed within a month.
A similar resurfacing project is also planned for M-53 within the Almont village limits beginning mid-July. Hemmingsen said they have taken into account Almont's Homecoming festivities scheduled for August 13-15 and hope to wrap up the work before that time.
The spring corridor meeting was held at the Goodland Township Hall on April 26. Other pending projects along the corridor in Macomb, Sanilac and Huron counties were also discussed.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.