Important Information

Benton Charter Township is replacing sanitary sewer along Vashti Ave and portions of Crystal Ave and Highland Ave. The new sanitary sewer will be installed along Crystal Ave from 426 Crystal to 500′ north of the I-94 Business Loop/Crystal Ave roundabout, Crystal Ave from 160 Crystal Ave to 350′ south of Highland Ave, Highland Ave from Crystal Ave to Vashti Ave, and Vashti Ave from Highland Ave to Farmer Rd. The project will be under construction April through most of July.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any of the project representatives listed below.

Engineer: Prein&Newhof
Steve Oosting, PE
(616) 364-8491
soosting@preinnewhof.com

Contractor: Harris ConAg
Mark Harris
(269) 720-6393
charlie@bandzcompany.com

Public Works Department
Andy Jordan
(269) 208-7275
ajordan@bentonchartertownship-mi.gov


 

Wastewater Service Connections

Property owners will receive new sanitary sewer lateral piping from the roadway to the right of way line by the completion of the project. Temporary disruption to sewer service may be required at times during replacement of individual laterals. Service disruption will be coordinated with the property owners in advance and will not extend beyond normal working hours.

Access/Traffic Control

The project will be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 of the project will include construction in Crystal Ave. Phase 2 of the project will include construction in Highland Ave and Vashti Street.

During Phase 1, Crystal Ave from Territorial Rd to the I-94 business loop and Crystal Ave from the I-94 business loop to Eastland Ave will be closed to thru traffic within the work zone and traffic will be redirected via a detour. Thru access to Benton Harbor and I-94 will be maintained on the I-94 business loop.

Crystal Ave will be restored and reopened to traffic prior to the start of Phase 2.

During Phase 2, Highland Ave from Crystal Ave to Vashti Ave and Vashti Ave from Highland Ave to Farmer Rd will be closed to thru traffic within the work zone and traffic will be redirected via a detour.

Access to driveways within the project area will be maintained. When temporary disruption to driveway access cannot be avoided, driveways will be closed during working hours with overnight access restored. Please contact the contractor listed below if you have a special need for driveway access accommodations during these periods.

Mail

Mailboxes will be temporarily removed to allow for excavation and promptly reinstalled to maintain mail service during the project.

Trash Pickup

Normal trash pickup schedules will continue. When construction work hinders access, the contractor will transport trash containers to an accessible location and return them to the property.

Grass Restoration

Grass areas disturbed for construction will be restored with topsoil and hydroseeding containing mixture of grass seed, fertilizer, and mulch. Property owners will be responsible for watering to promote growth of the new grass.

Driveways

Driveway approaches will be removed as needed to install the sanitary sewer and will be replaced in-kind.

Benton Charter Township - Crystal; Highland; and Vashti Wastewater System Improvements

Progress Update

Sanitary sewer installation on Crystal Ave north of the I-94 Business Loop round-a-bout has begun.

 

Up Next

Sanitary sewer installation on Crystal Ave south of the I-94 Business Loop round-a-bout is expected to begin during the coming week. Sanitary sewer installation on Crystal Ave will be continuing for several more weeks before starting on Highland Ave.


See the sidebar to the left for information on traffic, mail, trash pickup, grass restoration, and driveways.

Preconstruction: Aerial Overview of Site