Street work to begin in city Monday

MANISTEE — Construction will begin Monday on six miles of major streets in the City of Manistee.

The work is being done as part of the city’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

“The streets selected are all major streets. They were all reconstructed 18 or 19 years ago, this will add another 50 percent of life to the roads,” said Jeff Mikula, Department of Public Works director. “The cost is less than to do heavy rehab.”

Since April 24, Pavement Maintenance Systems LLC has been working on crack sealing of existing joints for all the roads that are part of the project. That work is slated to be finished today, said Mikula.

“The lowest cost technique for preserving streets is crack sealing, based on structure of roads. (Microsurfacing) is next treatment available beyond where crack sealing provides 100 percent benefit. This is a thin slurry coat to go over the top of the asphalt. The intention is to put another layer over the top of the existing asphalt to make sure all cracks are sealed.”

It also protects the pavement from UV rays.

Except for River Street, all the streets will be open to traffic using flag control by the contractor. There will not be any detours in place, said Mikula.

“The treatment, once they put it down, within an hour it’s able to be driven on safely,” he said.

Starting Monday, work will begin on about six miles of city streets; those in bold on the map will be undergoing work. (Courtesy map)

Starting Monday, work will begin on about six miles of city streets; those in bold on the map will be undergoing work. (Courtesy map)

River Street will be closed in two sections for 24 hour periods beginning around midnight on May 9 to about 6 a.m. on May 10, from Maple Street east to Hancock Street. On May 10, River Street from Maple Street west to Spruce Street will be closed during the same hours.

“The reason why we’re closing those for 24 hours is so that the road can cure enough to start resisting car tires enough when people are parking and also to give the contractor the ability to re-stripe all the parking spaces,” Mikula said. “We’ve been working with the DDA to disseminate that information to all their members and downtown businesses.”

At the end of this week, DPW workers will be placing no parking signs along the streets that will see work where parking typically occurs.

“Hopefully mother nature works with us next week so we can get in, and get out and get done,” said Mikula. “I think visually it will have a big impact.”

Mikula explained to City Council members last week that the idea of the city’s Asset Management Plan is to keep “good streets good.”

“Those are not the worst streets in Manistee, but we can do six miles for the cost that we can do a couple blocks of reconstruction, and we can preserve those for another decade,” he said.

City Council approved a bid from Pavement Maintenance Systems LLC for $453,570.56 last year for the work as part of its 2016-17 city fiscal year budget. Due to scheduling conflicts with contractors, the work was pushed back.

“We bid it just before May or June and what happened was, when we started looking for contractors, we called two to three contractors and they said they were extremely busy,” city engineer Shawn Middleton told the News Advocate last year. “If we had a completion date that was in 2016, the contractor said they would likely be unable to bid it. If they did, their costs would likely be high.”

MICROSURFACING SCHEDULE

May 8

  • Cherry Street – First to 12th Street; and
  • Eighth Street – Cherry to Cedar Street.

May 9

  • Poplar Street – First to River Street;
  • Greenbush Street – First to River Street;
  • Division Street – First to River Street;
  • First Street – Maple to Division Street;
  • River Street – Maple to Hancock Street; and
  • Water Street – Maple to Greenbush Street.

May 10

  • Spruce Street – Water Street to Eighth Street;
  • Pine Street – First to River Street;
  • Oak Street – First to River Street;
  • River Street – Spruce to Maple Street;
  • Water Street – Spruce to Maple Street; and
  • First Street – Spruce to Maple Street.

May 11

  • Maple Street – Memorial to 12th Street.

May 12

  • Monroe Street – Oakwood to Washington Street;
  • Lakeshore Drive – Oakwood to Fifth Avenue; and
  • Oakwood Drive – Monroe Street to Fifth Avenue.

Questions can be directed to the city’s Department of Public Works at (231) 723-7132.

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Posted by Michelle Graves

Michelle is the managing editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3106 or mgraves@pioneergroup.com.

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