Work resuming Tuesday on delayed Golfside Road project
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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