Benton Charter Township will be installing a water main along part of Colfax Avenue this summer. Below we address various construction-related topics that may affect you. If you have questions or concerns, please contact any of the project representatives listed to the left.


Water Main Construction

The new water main will be installed along the east side of Colfax Avenue from Eloise Drive to Napier Avenue, and along the south side of Messner Drive from Colfax to 140′ east of Colfax. Driveway approaches, curbs, and road pavement will be removed and replaced as necessary to install the watermain.


Water Service Connections

Property owners will have the option to connect to the water system upon completion of the project or any time in the future. Please contact the Township Water Department for scheduling and prices.


Project Schedule

  • Watermain installation is scheduled for the next two weeks.
  • Watermain testing and connections will follow.
  • Road, driveway, and grass restoration is expected to occur in mid-July. 
  • The project is scheduled for substantial completion by July 23.


Traffic and Access

Traffic on Colfax Avenue will be reduced to one lane moving in the northbound direction. Southbound traffic will be detoured along Napier Avenue and M-139. Side street intersections (Eloise Drive, Messner Drive, and Elmside Road) will be closed on various days for work within the intersections.

Access to driveways within the project area will be maintained to the extent possible. 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.


Water Outages

Most properties within a one block radius of the project will experience one or two temporary water outages lasting less than a full day each. The outages are necessary to make connections between the old and new water mains. A member of the project team will attempt to notify affected properties the day before planned water outages.


Mail Service

Mailboxes along Colfax will be temporarily moved (to allow for construction) and reinstalled to their original location as promptly as possible 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.



Driveways will be removed as needed to install the water main and service lines and will be replaced in-kind. Most of this work will be in the public right of way but select areas will include pavement removal and restoration outside the right of way. Detailed construction drawings showing the extent of anticipated work at each property are available on the Township website at


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.