Revised Sept. 3 start to alleviate Labor Day issues


BERLIN TWP. — The first phase of the $3.6 million Capac Road reconstruction project has been postponed one week until Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The original startup date established by the St. Clair Road Commission was Monday, Aug. 26.
The delay will help alleviate potential problems due to expected heavy traffic flow on the north/south artery over the Labor Day weekend.
35-day road closure
To accommodate the project, the section of Capac Rd. from Hough Rd. north to Tubspring Rd. will be closed to thru-traffic for a period of 35 days.
SCC Road Commission officials note that local residents and emergency vehicles will still have limited access to the roadway during the construction process.
Road Commission Spokesman Dewayne A. Rogers advises motorists to avoid the area and utilize detours to include Gould Rd., Howell Rd., Hough Rd., Sperry Rd. and Tubspring Rd.

A surveyor measures out land boundaries at the corner of Capac Rd. and Oak Street in the Village of Allenton on Thursday morning.

The section of roadway being constructed in Allenton provides access and egress for the Berlin Township Fire Dept., Berlin Township Hall, Allenton Post Office, Berlin Township’s senior center and park and the Allenton Tavern, along with numerous residences.
Rogers said local residents should anticipate and plan for delays during the construction process “We ask for everyone’s cooperation and patience during the project.”
The full scope of the project will include crushing the existing asphalt, installing new asphalt pavement, shoulder widening, ditch cleanout, storm sewer and culvert replacement, aggregate shoulders, pavement markings and restoration.
The cost of the project is being shared by the SCC Road Commission, State of Michigan and road millage funds. The construction bid has been awarded to J&N Construction, Inc.
Phase II of the 3.82-mile construction project will continue north to a point slightly beyond Terry Rd.
Road commission officials said the second phase of the project will not begin unitl Phase 1 has been completed.

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.