Numerous Construction Projects To Start This Week

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You know the one about the two seasons in Michigan: Winter and road construction? Well there's a new season around the corner. And it's not winter.

"Well, less potholes obviously," Lansing City Engineer Dean Johnson said.

That's the upside of the new season mid-Michigan is about to experience. Johnson says there is a lot of it ahead. A number of road projects start this coming week.

First up: N. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard will be down a lane just south of Grand River Avenue for the next few weeks.

The construction will add sidewalks to this potentially dangerous section of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, where there aren't even curbs -- to protect pedestrians from oncoming traffic. But that's just the beginning this construction season.

Construction resumes on Moores River Drive, which started last year.

The scenic Lansing road along the south bank of the Grand River will be closed from the Lansing Country Club to Pettis Street.

"These types of projects, if you can find an alternate route, definitely find one," Johnson said.

The city recommends using Mount Hope Avenue and Boston Boulevard to get around construction on Moores River. The project won't be done until late June or early July.

And we're not done yet. A utility project will close westbound Holmes Road roughly between Cedar and Washington early this week -- the city recommends using Greenlawn Avenue.

Add all those new projects onto construction well underway: Major sewer and road work along East Michigan Avenue downtown, a replacement for the bridge over the Grand River on the street by the same name in Old Town and rehab work along Washington Avenue, south of Edgewood Boulevard.

Additional sewer repair projects will tear up some neighborhood streets. Visit the City of Lansing's Public Service Department on the web for more information. (Click on "CSO Construction Update" for a map.)

Johnson says there is a long term benefit from the orange barrel overload.

"Once we're in, we pick up our toys and go home, and generally, don't show up again for 40 years," he said.

But rest assured: There'll be new targets, next construction season.

-- in Lansing, Tony Tagliavia, News 10.