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Posted on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 : 1:23 p.m.

Road work on Main Street in Dexter moving more quickly than expected

By Lisa Allmendinger

The Village of Dexter’s Main Street repaving project is moving along more quickly than expected.

The contractor has completed the first layer of asphalt on the road and the parking areas on Main Street, according to information from Courtney Nicholls, assistant village manager.

Last week, the contractor removed the roadway surface as well as the surface of the parking areas on Main Street and found that the base of the road was in better condition than what was anticipated, Nicholls said in an email update on the project.

Accordingly, the road repairs took less time than was planned, and village officials are adjusting the detours around the work area.

Here's a detour map for Phase I of this project. Main Street Detour Phase I.pdf

The project was expected to take about six weeks, but at this pace, it might be completed sooner.

One-way traffic heading east will be maintained throughout the project but there will be no parking available on Main Street.

The next step in the process is the addition of colored concrete crosswalks at Alpine, Broad and Baker.

All Main Street businesses remain open during the construction and parking is available in the downtown parking lots and along Alpine, Broad, Central, Forest and Jeffords.

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j hampton

Tue, Apr 24, 2012 : 11:55 a.m.

I don'tlive in Dexter, but I drive through it daily during the summer to get to Porrtage Lake. It has been my observation that Dexter is one of the most vibrant communities I have ever visited. The downtown is always bustling and the recent pedestrian upgrades seem to be well received. There is a hardware store, coffee shop, restaurants and a Dairy Queen and plenty of free parking. There are free concerts in the town square throughout the summer and several small art fairs. Dexter Daze is fun for families. Before all of the complainers weigh in, get off the highway as you drive across the state and visit the typical small town. Try to find one as thriving as Dexter. Most of the small towns I drive through, which I do frequently, are sad reminders of a bygone era. Dexter is doing many things right. Keep it up.

zip the cat

Mon, Apr 23, 2012 : 11:23 p.m.

Normally when you do a major street repair project you replace all the water mains and sewers, But i guess those running the show in Dexter forgot how to do things right. I've heard from elder citizens of dexter that the water and sewer system in town are over 50 yrs old. Too bad the smooth streets will have to be all ripped up to replace an ageing infrastructer brought on by the lack of common sence of those running the show.

Local Cat

Tue, Apr 24, 2012 : 11:39 p.m.

I do believe that the sewer and water system was replaced in the late 80's. Those running the show in Dexter must be doing something right when so many folks flock to that village to live and raise their families. So please don't be so cruel to the folks "running the show" because most of them are from Dexter and care very much about that town.