Major roadway to be remodeled in Bay City - WNEM TV 5

Major roadway to be remodeled in Bay City

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

The end of summer is near, but a brand new construction project is just about to begin.

Some are concerned it could cause big traffic headaches and confusion along the busy stretch.

On Tuesday road officials met with the public to try to answer those concerns.

A big reconstruction project is set to begin on Saginaw Street in Bay City in the next two weeks. Saginaw is one of the busier streets in the city and part of it will be shut down for months.

"No one knows exactly what's going to happen until they start the project," said Andy Rogers, Bay City resident. "I have a business in the Phoenix Building. So I want to see if that's going to affect how I get in and out of the building and how my customers get in and out of the building."

Just about everything on Saginaw Street between 10th and Sixth will in some way be affected.

Jack Wheatley, engineer on the project, said Saginaw will be shut down for about four blocks so the road can be replaced. 

"The road will get removed completely because it's in such rough shape. The pavement, curb and gutter, the sidewalks, everything between the buildings will come out," Wheatley said.

The intersections at Sixth, Ninth and 10th at Saginaw will be closed to traffic as well.

That has some administrators at Delta College concerned about how students will get to classes at the Planetarium once school begins in just a couple weeks.

"The only entrance to our parking lot is on Sixth street and that will be blocked off," said Sue Montesi, with Delta College Planetarium Learning Center.

Montesi is worried students will be confused by all the road closures, but project organizers said special detour signs will be for the planetarium so students know how to get where they need to go.

"I'll feel better when I see them follow through," Montesi said.

The project is already causing a bit of anxiety, but residents said they'll get through it and when they do they'll have a smooth road, new sidewalks and other updates in downtown to show for it.

"It has to be done. The infrastructure below the road is getting old so it's good they're going to take care of it," Rogers said.

Once the project gets underway, the bulk of the work is expected to be complete by mid-November. That's when the road should be re-opened.

Workers are set to begin the project in the next two weeks.

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