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Posted on Mon, Sep 3, 2012 : 12:02 p.m.

Work resuming Tuesday on delayed Golfside Road project

By Amy Biolchini

Lane closures on Golfside Road between Packard and Clark roads in Ypsilanti Township will resume Tuesday as a part of a massive construction project that has been going on since May.

Work stopped on the roadway in July because of an unexpected water main problem.

Intermittent lane closures also will be enforced on Washtenaw Avenue at the Golfside Road intersection during the first part of construction, according to the Washtenaw County Road Commission.

Delays due to unexpected work on the water main and contractor conflicts have pushed the completion date from the end of July to the end of October. The project is a joint venture with the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority.

The first phase of the project was completed earlier this summer, and included water main work and about $130,000 in sidewalk improvements requested by the township on the east side of Golfside Road.

The second phase of work, set to begin Tuesday, will first include the rehabilitation of the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority’s sanitary force main in the middle of the street. Next, pedestrian islands for midway crossings will be constructed, the road will be resurfaced and the lanes will be reconfigured from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane and bike lanes.

Throughout the second phase of construction, at least one lane on Golfside Road will be maintained, but traffic delays are expected.

Drivers should seek an alternate route, but local access will be maintained.

The project's cost was originally budgeted at $1.1 million, but work delays and added parts of the project have changed the bottom line. Project engineer Matt MacDonell said he now anticipates the project coming in under the $1 million mark.

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Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:43 p.m.

Why ever would you cut down the lanes on such a busy road? The few bicycles can ride on the sidewalk. No one walks on it anyway!!


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 11:26 a.m.

In the first sentence, a massive what???

Amy Biolchini

Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:25 p.m.

HB11 and arborani, look like a couple words were dropped at some point in the process. I've edited the first sentence for clarity.


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

A massive breakdown of editing?


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 12:04 a.m.

Does anyone else see the obvious? "Throughout the second phase of construction, at least one lane on Golfside Road will be maintained, but traffic delays are expected." .... but, guess what, there will be only one lane in each direction after the project is complete... so the logical conclusion is, after the project is complete, "traffic delays are expected"... especially southbound during evening rush hour, between Clark and Washtenaw