Water pipes to be placed in ground causing road detours - WNEM TV 5

Water pipes to be placed in ground causing road detours

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SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI (WNEM) -

A big water main replacement project got underway Monday morning in Mid-Michigan.

The work will cause some temporary traffic headaches for drivers in Saginaw Township.  

Crews started unloading water main pipes for the project Monday morning. Hemmeter will be closed from Jameson south to Brockway. Hemmeter will also have local traffic-only access from State Street south to just north of Jameson. There will still be motorist access to Hemmeter Elementary School and a fast food restaurant.

The township supervisor said the pipes need to be replaced because Hemmeter Road will be widened in that area. 

"The current water main, which is decades old, is under the road or very adjacent to the current road and we want to make sure that water main is replaced before we put in a new road," said Timothy Braun, township supervisor.

One woman who lives near the project has to sleep during the day because she works at night. It could be rough for her.

Her and her husband Roger Fetting have lived on Hemmeter for about 26 years.

"Time to upgrade, you know. I've never had any water problems but it's time. They're taking out the old concrete and putting the good, plastic stuff in," he said. "I know they're going to resurface the road next year, they told me, so that's even better."

The project costs $358,000. Township officials said it shouldn't take more than four weeks to actually place the pipe in the ground.

A full detour route will be posted around that section of Hemmeter.

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