The goal of the project is to improve the surface condition of the road and underground utilities, improve safety for pedestrians as well as clean up and beautify the corridor with some attractive improvements. The City received a grant at the end of 2018 from the State of Michigan specifically for this project. Work also includes repairs to sidewalks, curb and gutter and improvements to the cross walk ramps between Seaway and Peck Street for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The project begins next week, Monday, June 1, 2020 and is expected to be completed in early October 2020. The road will be CLOSED to THRU Traffic during this time. This means that you will be able to access your home or business on Sherman, but you will not be able to travel from one end of the City to the other on Sherman. The posted detour will be going up on Monday, June 1, 2020 and will be Getty to Laketon to Seaway back to Sherman for Westbound travelers. The same detour in reverse for Eastbound travelers.
The beginning of the project will be intersection by intersection underground utility improvements to the drinking water system, storm drainage system and sanitary sewer collection system. Not every intersection will be getting the same improvements, and not every intersection will receive work. However, work will progress from west to east and as the contractor finishes one intersection, they will move to the next intersection and so on. There is little to no work east of Howden under the pavement that should close any of the intersections. Once all of the underground work is complete, work will progress to the sidewalk and curb improvements and then the entire street will be milled down approximately 2 inches and resurfaced with 2 inches of new asphalt.
Anticipated work for the week of June 1:
- Detour signs and traffic control devices installed on Monday
- Underground work at Temple and Sherman on Tuesday and Wednesday. Sherman will likely be fully closed at Temple to allow this work. It will be reopened at the end of the day.
- Underground work at Park and Sherman the remainder of the week. This involves a new water main valve and replacement of storm drains. The intersection of Park and Sherman will be closed during this work but should be opened to emergency traffic before next weekend.
- If all goes well next week, pavement will be removed to prepare for underground work at 9th Street and Sherman at the end of the week
Anticipated work for the week of June 8:
- Drainage improvements at 9th and Sherman
- Water main connections at 9th and Sherman
Please remember to keep the safety of the workers on this project in your mind as you travel through this active construction site. There may be work going on throughout the entire 1.75 mile corridor, so be aware and drive slow through the site if you must travel on Sherman Boulevard.