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Crews begin resurfacing downtown Bay City

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It's going to be a rough few weeks for downtown Bay City commuters, shoppers and diners.

Starting Tuesday, crews will resurface much of Saginaw Street, between 1st and 6th Streets. Just about all of those numbered streets will be torn up as well, west of Washington Avenue as part of an aggressive effort to fix the potholes and lurches.

Parking will also be added.

Susan Fassbender, owner of Asian Noodle Café. said the end result will be worth it.

"I guess we have to deal with it, and the end result we will have a better parking space,” she said.

TV5 was hard pressed to find anyone opposed to the project. Most said it's necessary and critical to the image of downtown despite the bumpy few weeks ahead.

"Everything's going to be fixed up, look nice, and we are going to create a whole new atmosphere for downtown,” said Mike Bacigalup, DDA Board of Directors.

"It's long overdue. Can't wait for it to all be done so we can drive around every street and see how smooth it is,” said Mike Chapman, a resident.

Fassbender said the project will hopefully bring even more business in for her growing restaurant.

“The visitors will love to stay downtown,” she said.

The construction is all part of the city’s ongoing work to prepare for the Tall Ships Festival in July.

When it’s all done, you can expect smoother roadways and more parking spaces. 

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