Saginaw Co. road project postponed following high bids - WNEM TV 5

Saginaw Co. road project postponed following high bids

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THOMAS TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

Old trees have had many years to grow along Miller Road in Thomas Township, forming almost a canopy on the Saginaw County road.  Those trees will continue to stand tall now that a planned road widening project has been scrapped.

"You have no idea how happy we are. You just can't imagine," said Dawn Haufe, who lives on Miller Road.

The plan to make the 1 1/2-mile stretch of Miller between State and Gratiot three lanes instead of two has been highly controversial.

"I was going to lose that tree and I was going to lose half of my yard," said Miller Road resident Ruben Garza.

Haufe was so upset about the projects that she gathered more than 60 signatures from residents along the road protesting the change.

"Our concern was No. 1, it wasn't going to help any kind of traffic flow problem, No. 2, you know, people use that as a passing lane, and this is strictly residential area, and it just wasn't necessary," said Haufe.

The Saginaw County Road Commission said they didn't postpone the work because of the petitions.  They claim the bids for the projects came in way too high, more than $700,000 more than the county budgeted.  In fact in a press release Wednesday, the road commission says it will continue working to obtain money to complete what they call a vital project.

"Our road is good enough, why would we do it?" asked Garza.

"They like the beauty of it. They don't want a city street," said Haufe.

But not everyone is against it.  There were some residents anticipating the project because of drainage issues the road reconstruction could have fixed.

The road commission didn't give a timetable for when this project could be done.

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