Milling & paving of the roadway
has begun in Village of Allenton
BERLIN TWP. — Despite days of relentless rainfall, the ongoing Capac Road reconstruction project from Hough Rd. north to Tubspring Rd. is expected to be completed by mid-November.
On Monday (Oct. 7), work crews began milling and paving the section of roadway from Almont Rd. south to Hough Rd.
That section of roadway includes the Village of Allenton and access to the Berlin Township Fire Hall, Berlin Township offices, Allenton Post Office, the township’s senior center and park, the Allenton Tavern and numerous residences.
Dewayne Rogers, Lapeer County Road Commission Project Manager admitted that rain and soggy work conditions had slowed progress in the first phase of the project, from Hough Rd. north to Almont Rd.
“I know things look like a disaster zone right now,” said Rogers. “But it’s going to look much better very soon. I think people will be pleased.”
Weather permitting, Rogers said the milling and asphalting process should be completed this week.
“The grinding and paving processes are weather-sensitive,” Rogers noted. “Conditions have to be dry and temperatures need to be above 40 degrees fahrenheit.
“Temperatures should not be a problem,” he said, “but all the rain forced us to rearrange some of our planning.”
Once Phase 1 is complete, the project’s focus will shift to the section of Capac Rd. from Almont Rd. to slightly north of Terry Rd.
The full scope of the $3.6 million project involves crushing existing asphalt, installing new asphalt pavement, shoulder widening, ditch clean out, storm sewer and culvert replacement, aggregate shoulders, pavement markings and restoration, to include new grass seed.
The project is being financed by the St. Clair County Road Commission and through road millage funds.
J&N Construction, Inc. was awarded the construction bid for the 3.82-mile reconstruction project.
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.