Roads, bridges, underground water pipes are a priority
State Rep. Triston Cole today said a Michigan Department of Transportation project to resurface parts of M-32 and I-75 business loop in Gaylord began this week.
Cole, of Mancelona, who serves as chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the $826,000 project will resurface M-32 (Main Street) from east of Hayes Road to Wisconsin Avenue. The I-75 business loop (South Otsego Avenue) resurfacing runs from Second Street to Wisconsin Avenue/Grandview Boulevard. Included in the project is reconstruction of sidewalk ramps to comply with Americans with Disability requirements, improving safety for pedestrians.
Cole said the repairs are necessary to help people safely travel to other locations in Northern Michigan.
“Gaylord is essentially the gateway to Northern Michigan, and people traveling to Boyne Falls and Petoskey and Walloon Lake and Lake Charlevoix pass through Gaylord to link with U.S. 131,” Cole said. “By making these improvements, families can more safely get to their vacation spots and commerce can travel to the Northern Lower Peninsula on smoother roads.”
Cole said the road project is one of many taking place across the state thanks to the priority placed on infrastructure repairs by the Legislature.
“This is just one of dozens of road and bridge projects that are taking place across the state this summer,” Cole said. “The Legislature allocated more money to the transportation system than ever before, and will add to that amount in coming years. These projects make roads safer for families and easier for trucks to travel on, growing our economy.”
Cole said the work will require daytime single-lane closures with traffic shifts for the sidewalk reconstruction, and nighttime closures with traffic shifts for resurfacing. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.
“We are also strengthening the warranties for roadwork because we expect these projects to last longer than in the past,” Cole said. “It is very discouraging when a road is rebuilt or resurfaced only to see it fall apart two or three years after the work. By ensuring warranties are more than sufficient, we are making the very best use of the taxpayer money entrusted to us.”