May 29, 2020
From old to new This week, construction crews continued to install new fire hydrants and replace 110-year-old water main valves. Pictured below, the old 36" water valves date back to 1908-1910 that operated via a gear which opens and closes the water main from the side (3:00 to 9:00 position). The new water valves close from the top (12:00 to 6:00 position) and weigh approximately 2,100lbs. Each new valve comes with a structure, totaling over 6,500lbs Saturday Construction Notification Crews will be removing the road between Kensington and Dort Hwy. The expected work time is from 7 am til 5 pm. Read More
From old to new This week, construction crews continued to install new fire hydrants and replace 110-year-old water main valves. Pictured below, the old 36" water valves date back to 1908-1910 that operated via a gear which opens and closes the water main from the side (3:00 to 9:00 position). The new water valves close from the top (12:00 to 6:00 position) and weigh approximately 2,100lbs. Each new valve comes with a structure, totaling over 6,500lbs Saturday Construction Notification Crews will be removing the road between Kensington and Dort Hwy. The expected work time is from 7 am til 5 pm.
This week, construction crews made progress installing the water main in front of Mott Community College. More pipe is expected to be installed within the next few weeks. Additionally, construction crews started replacing the 110-year-old fire hydrants along East Court Street.
Construction is expected to halt at 3pm on Friday, May 22, and start again Tuesday morning, giving residents a much-needed break for Memorial Day. From all of us at Spalding DeDecker, have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day.
The contractor is currently installing the water main near Mott Community College. Signage is effectively directing traffic and informing motorists to use the Dort Highway detour.
Spalding DeDecker, the City of Flint, and MDOT worked together to revise the signage plans to help maintain safe traffic flow for the project. A work order was issued to the contractor on April 23 to add additional signage.
One-way signs were delivered on May 4th to illustrate the direction of eastbound traffic only along E. Court Street. The barricades were also moved to one side to make it easier for the traffic to maneuver around them.
The contractor placed barrels and barricades to close the left turn on North Dort Hwy to westbound E. Court Street. The left turn signal was covered to deter any motorist from turning the wrong way onto E. Court Street.
We also noticed in the original design that there were no signs letting people know westbound E. Court Street was closed as they exit I-69 to Dort Highway. Additional signs were added yesterday as part of the April 23 work order to warn people of the closure and follow the posted detour. Our team noticed that some cut-outs in the road filled with temporary gravel were not properly maintained. The contractor plans to maintain these cut-outs daily.
We really appreciate your comments and concerns, but mostly your patience during construction.
Westbound lanes have been removed from Albert R Horrigan Drive to Kensington Avenue. Construction crews will begin laying the new 8" water main from Woodlawn Park to just west of Gorman Avenue. Additional one-way signs will be placed at each intersection today. Westbound traffic is to follow the detour.
Traffic is only open to eastbound Court Street. Local traffic will have access to their driveways and intersecting roads by traveling eastbound only.
After studying traffic control patterns, additional signs will be added by the end of this week to further direct the detour traffic.
One-way signs will be added at each intersection along the E. Court Street construction limits. Additionally, signs at the exits of I-69 eastbound and westbound at Dort Highway have been added to inform the traffic that westbound E. Court Street is closed and to follow the posted detour for westbound E. Court St. These signs will direct the westbound E. Court St. traffic south on Dort Highway and west on Lapeer Road to E. Court St.
Phase 1 construction takes place on E. Court St. from Crapo St. to Dort Highway (M-54). Construction is scheduled between April 22 and August 28, 2020. During this time, only eastbound E. Court St. will be open to local traffic to provide residents access to their homes. Westbound E. Court St. will follow the detour route shown below beginning April 22nd. email@example.com
Court Street will undergo full reconstruction starting this spring. Spalding DeDecker is working for the City to ensure construction is completed per plan. Construction is scheduled to begin on April 22nd.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up via Spalding DeDecker’s website for direct email notifications for construction updates. Click the link here to sign up.
The City of Flint plans to resurface Court Street from Dort Highway to Crapo Street and install a new water main along this route. The work was bid through the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), with funding for the water main provided through WIIN Funding. The Court Street reconstruction project will affect many residents and commuters as it is a major route through the City. Communication is a priority during this project. This project is deemed essential by the State of Michigan If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you have any questions or concerns about the project, we are here for you. Our project manager is here to answer any of your questions. Feel free to email or call us at any time.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Why is there construction work going on before 8 am?
A: The local noise ordinance allows excessive noise between 8:00am and 9:00pm. This project has been granted special circumstances from the City of Flint and MDOT to allow working hours from 7:00am to 7:00pm. The contractor will try to be courteous with any excessive noise prior to 8am.
Q: Why is work going on during the COVID-19 Pandemic?
A: This project is considered essential work by the State of Michigan. The contractors and employees are practicing safe COVID-19 procedures as directed by the State.
A: No. The new main will not be tied into the system until it is completely installed and tested.
Q: How long will this affect my commute? How long will this construction go on?
A: The impact to your commute should be minor. August 30, 2020 is the anticipated phase 1 open-to-traffic date.
Q: Will emergency vehicles be able to get to my neighborhood?
A: Yes. Emergency vehicles will be able to get to your neighborhood
Q: Will I still have access to the sidewalks?
A: Sidewalk access will be maintained unless there is work currently being done on the sidewalk at the time.
Q: Will there be any damage to the trees?
A: The City, contractor, and engineer have spent considerable effort to minimize any damage to the existing trees in the area during the installation of the new water main. We anticipate that there will be minimal impact to the trees in this neighborhood.
Q: Will the contractor be fixing the road as well?
A: After the water main is installed, the road will be resurfaced.
Q: When and where is the next phase of this project?
A: Phase 2 of this project is from Dort Hwy to Center. Construction for Phase 2 should begin in 2021.
Q: Will the street be widened slightly to accommodate bicyclists? If so by how much?
A: Unfortunately, there is no plan to change the existing geometry of the current road.
Q: Will we get new curbs and driveway entryways to the sidewalks?
A: Yes. New curb, driveway approaches, and sections of the sidewalk will be replaced.
Q: Finally, will landscaping be restored?
A: Yes. Landscaping will be restored in the areas that are disturbed by construction.