Heavy equipment, gravel trucks will be on Waters Road as improvement project nears end
New gravel is coming this week to a mile stretch of Waters Road between Wagner Road and Gallinger Drive in Lodi Township that has been closed since June 22 for improvements.
Crews using heavy construction equipment and gravel trucks began working on the roadway to add gravel and 6 inches of limestone.
But Thursday's rain means crews will not be out working the road until conditions improve, said, Matt MacDonell, senior project manager for the Washtenaw County Road Commission. Rain Friday could also delay gravel work until next week.
The work comes at the tail end of the project to make the gravel road safer as heavy traffic and washboard conditions on Waters Road had caused several accidents, MacDonell said.
While the heavy equipment should be out of the area by the end of the week of Aug. 13, the road will not be re-opened until the end of August when the project is slated for completion, MacDonell said.
Township residents who live on Waters Road have previously told both the Washtenaw County Road Commission and township officials they are willing to tax themselves in a special assessment district to get the project completed.
The posted detour remains in effect while the gravel is being spread and compacted.
Previous portions of the project included clearing trees from the rights-of-way alongside the road and re-establishing ditches.