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More detours on the horizon


Weather permitting, M-53 could re-open to traffic on Friday, June 25


June 23, 2010
TRI-CITY AREA — Detours and road closures will be a common site this week and in the weeks to come.

The M-53 detour in Almont Township should last until Friday, June 25. The total closure at Hollow Corners Road has traffic taking other north/south routes including Graham/Glover Road and M-24, in addition to numerous gravel roads.

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Crews have been working around the clock to replace the culvert that collapsed last August following heavy rain in Almont Twp. photo by Tom Wearing.

Crews are working around the clock to replace a box culvert and repave the bridge.

Armando Lopez, a Michigan Department of Transportation engineer, said they're making good progress.

"We're doing everything in our power to meet our schedule," Lopez said of the ten day total closure. The road is currently slated to re-open on Friday, June 25, barring any unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather.

Starting today (June 23), Brown City Road between Crowe and Shaw roads in Goodland Twp. will be closed to all traffic until Thursday afternoon, the Lapeer County Road Commission said.

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On Monday, a cross tube on Wheeling Road was to be replaced between Petz and Bowers roads. That portion of the road has been closed to traffic since the cross tube collapsed this spring.

Next Monday detour signs will again pop up, this time for motorists who use Imlay City Road/old M-21. Repaving work will officially begin on July 1. The scope of the project is from the western Imlay City city limits to Mitchell Lake Road in Attica Twp.

According to the road commission there were will be several stages to the project and although local traffic will be able to get through, the road will be completely closed at various times.

The old M-21 detour will divert traffic to use I-69.

The project is expected to be complete by late September.

See more photos of the M-53 road project on our Web site at www.tricitytimes-online.com.

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.
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