Construction Season to be Busy!
Living in the northern latitudes can be a challenge when it comes to a shorter construction season for City capital projects. That is one reason we’ve often heard the statement that “Michigan has only two seasons: winter and construction!” We are getting ready for construction season, in spite of winter breathing its last gasp earlier this month. Below are summaries of some of the projects coming up this construction season. We have more planned, and will update the community as we get closer to implementing them.
· W. Center St., between Pine River & Maple Streets AND N. Pine River St., between Center & Emerson Streets
This milling and resurfacing project is being mostly funded by the MI Dept. of Transportation (MDOT), which is also responsible for bidding and contract award. The project will also include some minor curb/gutter repair. Due to the heavy commercial truck traffic along this route, high-strength asphalt will be used to help minimize the rutting of the pavement, especially at the intersection of Pine River & Center Streets. The City hired Rowe PSC to design the project and coordinate the work of a private contractor to complete the project. The bid was awarded to Central Asphalt, Inc. out of Mt. Pleasant at a contract price of $ 91,077.93; the City is responsible for 20% of that price, plus the total design & project engineering costs. Construction is scheduled to begin May 1 and end by May 26. A minimum of one lane of traffic will be open at all times; the contractor must also maintain access to all adjacent properties at all times. Pass-thru and commercial traffic should
consider re-routing around the 2-block construction zone using Emerson & Maple Streets.
· Union St., between Westwind Lane & E. Saint Charles Road
This project is a continuation of the improvements made last fall that saw City crews replace the watermain between Westwind Ln. and Norton Gibbs Dr. The work will consist of crushing & reshaping the road, and paving it with new asphalt. Minor curb/gutter repair and drainage work will also be done. The project, estimated at $83,500, will be paid for with funds from the City’s Major Street & Water Funds. We have not yet awarded bids, but anticipate construction to take place after Ithaca Schools are finished for the school year on June 9th.
· Zone #2 Sidewalk Repair/Replacement
Last year was the first of a 6-year program to replace damaged and/or hazardous sidewalks throughout the entire City. This year’s efforts will take place in Zone #2, which is essentially the north central portion of town centered on North Elementary School. Maps of all six zones are on the City’s Facebook page. We have not yet scheduled this work, but it will likely be done in late summer. Inniger Masonry out of Perrinton will continue their work for a second year.
Funding for this continuing program comes from the one-mill, six-year sidewalk millage approved by the voters in November 2015. The City will concentrate its efforts on sidewalk replacements versus installing new sidewalks where they do not currently exist. If citizens support extending sidewalks into new areas, then the City may consider placing a new millage question on a future election ballot once the 6-year program is completed.
· Stormwater Asset Management & Wastewater (SAW) program
The City is embarking on a major infrastructure location, condition and mapping project that will continue for the next three years. The MI Dept. of Environmental Quality awarded the City a grant of $503,922, which the City matched with $55,991, for a total project budget of $559,913. The City Council has retained Rowe PSC to provide engineering services for the following work items:
· Inventory of stormwater system & mapping
· Cleaning & televising stormwater system
· Rating condition of stormwater manholes, catchbasins & pipe
· Creating an Asset Management Plan for stormwater system
· Creation of funding options to support stormwater improvement projects
· Purchase and implementation of a Geographic Information System (GIS)
The City will be covering the costs to also identify and map the City’s water & sanitary sewer systems. City crews are currently out in the field attempting to locate and mark all manholes, valve covers, catchbasins, hydrants, etc. for all three utilities which will enable Rowe PSC to enter the GPS of each structure into the GIS mapping system. So if you notice one of our crews in front of your house, or building, maybe even digging a shallow hole, they are likely trying to find & paint a water service shut-off valve cover or a sewer manhole cover. Please do not recover the structures until Rowe’s GIS survey crews have completed their inventory surveying. We will let you know via our Facebook page and website when it will be okay to recover them.