Road Construction Season and Visiting Your Library: Plan Ahead
For long-time residents of Michigan, there’s a running joke that we experience only two seasons: Winter and Construction. As winter weather recedes, construction projects begin and many local road projects may impact your next visit to a Traverse Area District Library network location. Of course, orange cones and barrels can pop up at any time. However, some pretty significant and sustained road projects are starting soon. In Traverse City, you can also use the TART trails and BATA to reach the Main Library. BATA City Loop Routes 2 and 3 will be impacted during construction, click here for updates from BATA.
Libraries are hubs of information, and a little bit of planning ahead can make all of the difference. Here’s what we know and how you can stay up to date on the following projects.
Library: TADL Main Library (610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City)
Road Project: Closure – East Eighth Street, Traverse City
When: Begins Monday, May 6, 2019
The City of Traverse City will begin the E. Eighth St. Reconstruction Project on Monday, May 6, 2019. The project is expected to be completed the week of October 14th.
The work includes total reconstruction of the street with a three lane configuration, off street cycle track adjacent to the sidewalk, mid-block crosswalks, and other improvements. E. Eighth St. will be closed to all traffic between Boardman Ave. and Woodmere Ave. Detours for motorists and pedestrians will be provided. Appropriate signage and barricades will be in place in and around the work area.
The Boardman Ave., Wellington St., Franklin St., and Railroad Ave. intersections will be closed to through traffic at E. 8th St. during the project. All businesses are open and can be accessed utilizing the alley north of E. Eighth St. and Station St. south of the project area. Regular updates on project progress can be found at: http://www.8thstreettc.info/
Library: Kingsley Branch Library (213 S. Brownson, Kingsley)
Road Project: Resurface M-113 from M-37 to Clark Street in Kingsley
When: Begins Monday, May 6, 2019
PROJECT: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $1.5 million to resurface 5.6 miles of M-113 from M-37 to Clark Street in Kingsley. The project includes the addition of 6-foot paved shoulders and new pavement markings and rumble strips.
Estimated starting date: Monday, May 6, 2019 (weather dependent). Estimated completion date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019. This work will require daytime single-lane closures under flag control. Project map: https://bit.ly/2PmI421 Stay informed about MDOT projects on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MichiganDOT
Library: Fife Lake Public Library (77 Lakecrest Lane, Fife Lake)
Road Project: US-131/M-186 roundabout construction in Fife Lake
When: Monday, April 15, 2019 (underway)
PROJECT: The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will invest $1.8 million to build a new roundabout at the intersection of US-131, M-186 and West State Street in Fife Lake. This new roundabout will help prevent severe crashes at this intersection, while maintaining traffic flow. The project will include new concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk, culverts, sewer and drainage upgrades, and new signs and pavement markings.
Starting date: Monday, April 15, 2019. Estimated completion date: Saturday, July 27, 2019. Project map: https://bit.ly/2uLlzdo
TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS: This work will require several stages of construction and detours:
- During stages 1 and 2, M-186 will be closed to through-traffic between US-131 and M-113 to the west of the roundabout, with a detour on M-113 and US-131. Local traffic on M-186 will be maintained. These stages are expected to start April 15 and be completed in mid-May.
- During Stage 3, US-131 will be closed to through-traffic between M-186 and M-113 to the south of the roundabout, with traffic detoured on M-113 and M-186. Local traffic on US-131 will be maintained. A temporary traffic signal will be placed at the M-113/M-186 intersection, and a temporary all-way stop will be in place at the US-131/M-113 intersection. This stage is expected to start in mid-May and be completed in early July.
- During Stage 4, southbound US-131 traffic will be detoured on M-186 and M-113, while northbound US-131 traffic will be maintained on US-131 through a portion of the new roundabout. The temporary traffic signal at the M-113/M-186 intersection will remain in place, as will the all-way stop at the US-131/M-113 intersection. This stage is expected to start in early July and be completed by July 27.