Work nears completion on Grand Avenue
And now moving from the square to Grand Avenue...
There are two hotbeds of construction — Grand Avenue and the central square — happening simultaneously in Mt. Pleasant.
Construction on Grand Avenue in in the home stretch and has moved to the northern part of the street, from Winfield to James Avenue.
DeLong Construction, general contractor of the project, was removing existing paving and grading Grand’s intersection with Winfield Avenue late last week.
Mike Nelson Concrete is in the process of paving the intersection. Paving of the intersection will take five working days, according to Warner Engineering Associates, the engineering firm for the project.
Plans call for opening the Grand-Winfield intersection to east-west traffic by Sept. 16 or 17, weather permitting.
When the intersection is opened, Grand will be closed from James Avenue to Winfield to finish the paving. Paving of the stretch is estimated to take two weeks.
During that time, a detour will be in place for north- and southbound traffic on Grand to use James from Winfield to North Grand. This will not be effective until Sept. 16 or 17.
Warner Engineering urges all motorists to obey traffic signs and use caution when driving in the work zone. Signs have been erected and emails sent to all businesses in the area, urging them to have all semi traffic use Exit 42 entering and leaving Mt. Pleasant.
A temporary ramp has been built on the northeast corner of the Winfield for northbound traffic on Grand. Motorists will have to use the shoulder north to James. A ramp has also been built on the northwest corner of Winfield for southbound traffic to enter onto Winfield. Westbound and detour signs will route drivers to Palm Avenue and continue on Palm to Mapleleaf Drive and then re-access Grand. From this point, all traffic can go north on Grand to Baker Street and access motels and eating establishments.
Due to erratic driving in the construction zone, the Mt. Pleasant Police Department has been asked to patrol the area more vigorously. Traffic fines double in construction zones.