BERLIN TWP. — The final phase of a reconstruction project on Capac Road is due to begin next week.

The St. Clair County Road Commission announced in a recent press release that work is set to begin Tuesday, Sept. 7 from Hough Road to the Macomb County limits.

The road commission is financing the $1.029 million dollar project themselves and Imlay City’s T.G. Priehs will serve as the prime contractor.

While crews are at work that portion of the roadway will be closed to through traffic for up to 48 days. Motorists will be detoured via Hough Rd., North Ave. and Armada Center Rd.

“Work will include storm sewer, cross road culverts, ditching, crushing the existing asphalt pavement, base stabilization, slope restoration, asphalt, and gravel shoulders,” the release said.

“During the closure, the contractor will be permitted to work on Saturdays and Sundays in an effort to meet the completion deadline.”

County officials note that there are three culverts to be installed that will not allow traffic to cross the days they are replaced.

“Construction is anticipated to be complete by October 22, 2021. All scheduling and project dates are subject to change depending on weather and the contractor’s schedule,” officials said.

It appears the awarded bid came in lower than expected. In January of this year, officials estimated the project would come in around $1.38 million.

For more than six years, the road commission has been making improvements to Capac Road, performing the work in sections, starting from the Capac village limits heading west. The ongoing work has included bridge repairs and, at times, been funded with federal and state dollars. The latest phase, between Tubspring and Hough roads, was completed in 2019.