Orange barrels coming to Linden Road

FLINT TWP. — Driving to and from Carman- Ainsworth High School could pose a challenge during road repair work planned for Linden Road later this year.

Linden Road is among 2012 road projects listed on the Genesee County Transportation Improvement Program (TIP sheet) presented to the Board of Trustees last week by David Arceo, who is a represents Flint Township on the advisory committee of the Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission.

The Linden Road project calls for resurfacing the pavement between Calkins and Beecher roads. That 1.1-mile stretch of road is only way to get to and from the high school.

The heavily traveled road will be constructed “under traffic’’ meaning that it will remain open during the work, according to Robert Slattery, road commission spokesperson.

“Everyone (will have) reasonable access to their entrances and driveways,’’ he said. Construction is tentatively planned to start in August and be completed in October.

It’s early days yet, but school officials are working on an access plan for the high school while the road is under construction.

“We will be notifying parents of the problems/issues for potential delays in the fall through our Currrier (school newspaper) and phone system,’’ said Russ Parks, assistant superintendent for operations.

“We may have to have earlier pick-up times for high school students to accommodate the potential delays.”

Quoting from the TIP sheet, Arceo said the project is projected to cost about $1.967 million dollars in a combination of $1.6 million in federal funds with the remainder picked up locally.

Arceo said he was bringing the TIP plans to the board’s attention because the road advisory committee wants to get information out the timeline and potential detours during the project.

“It is a principal road in our township and also the principal road to one of our high schools,,’’ Arceo said. “ Members of the road advisory committee are concerned about safety. There is a lot of activity on the particular section.”

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller added that the Linden Road project will be a complete resurfacing, meaning that the entire existing road will be torn up and rebuilt from scratch.

“I am told that the (finished) road will be smoother than a freeway,’’ Miller said. “So we will look forward to that.”

She also said that work is planned on Ballenger Highway between Flushing Road and the Flint River. The road commission is looking to let bids on that project in early April and the work should be done before the Linden Road project, she said.

The TIP sheet is a four-year schedule and budget planned by the Metropolitan Planning Commission. It addresses transportation projects that include federal, state and local highways, transit, ride sharing, bike paths, and pedestrian uses.

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