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Posted on Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 4:08 p.m.

Will Edison Street road work leapfrog Main Street in Dexter next year?

By Lisa Allmendinger

A portion of Central Street near the new Mast Road Bridge is expected to see a facelift in 2012, but what’s still up in the air is whether Main Street or Edison Street will see extensive road work.

A final decision on whether Edison Street leapfrogs Main Street on the village’s priority list next year will depend on several factors, including an updated cost estimate and the toll that this winter’s freezing and thawing takes on an already pockmarked road.

This fall, water main and stormwater improvement projects on Edison Street didn’t do the road surface any favors, and Village President Shawn Keough said the road now has pot holes and “alligatoring,” and the sides are crumbling.

“The roadway itself is really, really poor and needs attention,” he said, in explaining why it was brought up for discussion Tuesday night at the Village Council meeting.

“I agree,” said Councilman Jim Carson. “Edison is in bad shape. It could be a swap with Main Street and we stay on target for Central Street.”

Currently, the plan is to complete a reconstruction of a portion of Central Street between the Mast Road Bridge and Second Street, and resurface a section of Main Street from Jeffords to Baker with crosswalk work.

But what Councilman Paul Cousins questioned whether the street would be widened if a sidewalk project entered into the Edison Street plan.

No decisions were made, but it’s expected that cost estimates from the village’s engineers for Edison Street will be part of a special work session on Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center that was originally scheduled to review design documents for both the Main Street and Central Street projects.

The preliminary estimate for the reconstruction of Central Street from Second Street to the Mast Road Bridge is $361,000 and the resurfacing of Main Street from Jeffords Street to Baker Road is estimated to be $297,000. The Central Street project includes sidewalks, crosswalk enhancements and lighting.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Dexter stories, visit our Dexter page.