Mayor says work on Saginaw Street nearly done

Grand Traverse reconstruction set to begin soon

BURTON — Orange cones and barrels should soon disappear from Saginaw Street, but look for them to pop up soon after on Grand Traverse Boulevard as a major reconstruction project there gets underway.

Mayor Duane Haskins told the city council July 19 work is nearly complete to resurface Saginaw Street in Burton. Once finished, he said a major reconstruction project with the Michigan Department of Transportation is expected to get started on Grand Traverse Boulevard.

“Saginaw Street is almost complete, and we hope within the next week or so they’ll be totally wrapped up and ready to open up,” he said, referring to this week as a potential opening date for the road. “Two weeks after that we hope the work on Grand Traverse begins.”

Earlier this spring, Charles Abbey, director of the Burton Department of Public Works, said Grand Traverse is on schedule and is on “a very aggressive schedule.” said Abbey.

The work is expected to take place on Grand Traverse, between Bristol and Hemphill roads.

Haskins also told the council work on Center Road will also be getting underway still this summer. He said the first thing that will happen is replacement of a drain tube that runs under all five lanes of Center Road.

“After that is repaired, we’ll come before council for approval on it,” he said. “It could cost up to $500,000 or more to replace that (drain tube).”

Haskins said the city is looking at different options and will have engineering firms looking at it for other solutions.