Roadway to close for 35 days,
UPDATED: The story has been updated to reflect a one week delay in the project’s start date. The road commission originally stated that the work was to begin Monday, August 26. That has now been changed to September 3.
BERLIN TWP. — Phase 1 of the long-anticipated reconstruction of Capac Rd., from Hough Rd. north to Tubspring Rd. in Berlin Township, is slated to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
As a result, the section of roadway will be closed to through traffic for a period of 35 days, effective on that date.
St. Clair County Road Commission officials note that local residents and emergency vehicles will continue to have limited access to the roadway during the construction process.
SCC Road Commission spokesman Dewayne A. Rogers advises north- and southbound motorists to avoid the section of the roadway and utilize detours to include Gould Rd., Howell Rd., Hough Rd., Sperry Rd. and Tubspring Rd.
The affected section of roadway in Allenton provides access to and egress from the Berlin Township Fire Dept., Berlin Township Hall, Allenton Post Office, the Township’s senior center and adjacent park, the Allenton Tavern and numerous residences.
“Access will be maintained for local traffic during the closure, including homes and businesses,” Rogers reiterated. “Local residents are encouraged to plan for delays due to the construction, and we request their cooperation and patience during the project.”
SCC Road Commission officials report that the scope of the $3.6 million project will include crushing existing asphalt, installing new asphalt pavement, shoulder widening, ditch cleanout, storm sewer and culvert replacement, aggregate shoulders, pavement markings and restoration.
The project is being financed by the SCC Road Commission, State of Michigan and road millage funds. The construction bid was recently awarded to J&N Construction, Inc.
Phase II of the 3.82-mile construction project will continue north to slightly beyond Terry Rd.
Road commission officials said that portion of the project will not begin until Phase 1 has been completed and becomes accessible to traffic.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.