FLUSHING TWP. — If all goes as planned, a busy stretch of Seymour Road in Flushing Township will be reopening just in time for the start of a new school year.
For the past month, crews with the Genesee County Road Commission (GCRC) have been making road improvements and culvert repairs to Seymour Road between Potter Road and the Flushing City limits. The stretch of road has been closed to thru traffic since early July, with detours directing drivers to alternate routes on Beecher Road, Morrish Road, River Road and Main Street in the City of Flushing.
With the first day of school for Flushing Community Schools approaching on Aug. 26, the road commission has been working especially hard to make sure that the roadway is open before students head back to class at Seymour Elementary School, which is located on Seymour Road in the construction zone.
John Plamondon, Construction Project Manager for the GCRC, said he is confident that the project could wrap up as early as Aug. 24.
“Our goal is to get everything finished before first day of school at Seymour Elementary,” he said. “We should be able to complete the project well in advance of the original completion date of Aug. 30.”
Altogether, the project on Seymour Road includes widening both sides of the roadway by one foot, culvert replacements, drainage improvements, street milling and the addition of new guardrails and pavement markings.
Plamondon said that a new right turn lane in front of Seymour Elementary will also be added, along with acceleration and deceleration tapers to the school’s southerly and northerly drives. He said this will make it easier for drivers to get in and out of the school—especially during high traffic times.
Bicyclists riding along the road near Seymour Elementary will also have more space, thanks to the road widening work.
“The road isn’t wide enough to be marked as a designated bike lane, but it can accommodate bicycles and will allow better movement for bikers and walkers,” Plamondon said.
At this point, crews have finished ditching and culvert work on Seymour Road and have begun street milling and guardrail installations. Shoulder replacement and lane striping will commence once the milling operation is finished.
Plamondon said that motorists should be able to access Seymour Road by Aug. 26, even if striping and/or shoulder work is still ongoing in certain sections.
“We’ll be keeping the roadway open to the best that we possibly can,” he said. “Drivers just need to be patient with us. As far as access is concerned, it shouldn’t be an inconvenience.”
Until this stretch of Seymour Road reopens, motorists are advised to seek an alternate route using the recommended detours to reach their destination.