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Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906
Vol. 115 No. 39- In our 115th year!
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
It's time to roll out the (orange) barrels!
City DDA to reconstruct three crosswalks
Three Main Street improvement projects are scheduled over the next six weeks as orange barrels have been springing up through town.
Work will include moving a water service/valve at Tuscola and Main streets, ahead of a future water main project, and reconstructing crosswalks on Main Street at Jefferson, Flint and Tuscola streets, and replacing sidewalks in Edwin Zehnder Park.
“The good news is that two-way traffic will be maintained and all driveways located in adjacent areas will be open for each project,” Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director Sheila Stamiris said. 𠇊nd, while the construction will be messy and the orange barrels plentiful, the projects will be completed quickly, by Friday, May 21, before Memorial Day, weather permitting.”
In preparation for a future water project of Tuscola Street, the city’s Water Department, led by Superintendent Ken O𠆛rien, will move a valve 20 feet to the west from its current location under the crosswalk that spans Tuscola from the corner of Fenton Home Furnishings to the Veteran’s Memorial Park.
“Moving the valve before the upcoming crosswalks project eliminates the need to disturb the new crosswalk when the Tuscola Water Project is scheduled, sometime within the next few years,” Stamiris said.
O𠆛rien said the Tuscola Water Project is currently in the design phase, with work anticipated to begin in 1-2 years.
Work on the eight-watermain valve project began on Monday, April 5, and should be completed in two weeks. Westbound traffic onto Tuscola will be detoured at School Street to North Franklin Street for points west of Main Street in this area.
Main Street crosswalk work at Tuscola, Flint and Jefferson streets will begin Monday, April 19, with a scheduled completion by May 21. Construction will begin on the west side of Main Street. Wobig Construction of Saginaw is the contractor for the all of the crosswalk projects, with funding coming from the DDA.
One-half of each intersection will be closed to through traffic and posted detours for east and west-bound traffic will be in place. When the west side of the project is completed, construction will move to the east, with appropriate detours.
The existing brick paver crosswalks were installed about 20 years ago, with many of the walks sunken into the road, patched with asphalt or broken. Unlike the crosswalks constructed of brick pavers, the new crosswalks will be constructed with either concrete or asphalt, finished with a product called 𠇎ndurablend.”
𠇎ndurablend, a polymer cement surfacing system, has been tested to carry significant traffic loads (45,000 cars and trucks per day) and provides an affordable and attractive finish, long-lasting wear and easy maintenance. A design called with the ‘international crosswalk design’ will be applied. It is in line with the City’s Complete Streets Plan and the design is highly visible for drivers and pedestrians.”
The third and smallest of the projects is the replacement of the sidewalks located in Zehnder Park at Covered Bridge Lane and Main Street. Part of the original scope of streetscape enhancements, the project was not completed when the rest of the streetscaping project was done.
“With the levee project nearly finished, the DDA was able to tap Rohde Brothers Excavating of Saginaw and their subcontractor, Fessler Bowman, to install a new sidewalk bordering on both Main Street and Covered Bridge Lane,” Stamiris noted.
Rohde is currently completing “punch list” items near the Fisherman’s Parking Lot on Gunzenhausen and rebuilding the parking lot at the Nickless-Hubinger Flour Mill.
Like the other projects, traffic will be maintained both ways. This project is also funded by the DDA.
In other city news, refurbishing work on the city’s south water tower will begin in mid-September, 2021, and be completed in 30-60 days.