It's that time of year again in Mid-Michigan - construction time. Time for the orange barrels, torn up roads, and delays on Lansing's roadways.
But this year, city officials are hoping those delays won't be as long as in previous years. Particularly last season when Michigan Avenue was the primary focus.
"We hope it won't be quite as challenging as last year. Of course, we do the best planning but sometimes things arise during construction process," said Lansing Assistant Engineer Alec Malvetis.
Malvetis says they're trying to spread out the work this time around to avoid congestion.
"We try to keep them apart from each other because of traffic control issues. We will be back on Michigan Avenue but Michigan is primarily completed," he added.
Two of the hardest hit areas will be Pennsylvania near Michigan and also Kalamazoo between Cedar and Washington Square. Kalamazoo will be closed in that stretch and Pennsylvania will have lane closures near Sparrow Hospital. That project is not expected to affect any hospital traffic.
"One of the goals is making sure getting to the hospital is not a difficulty. We have to make sure that ambulance routes are maintained at all times," Malvetis said.
Changes to this year's project include more roadway signs and notifying the community a bit earlier. Mayor Virg Bernero says construction is always an inconvenience and that's why the city is making an extra effort to work with citizens.
"We're trying to be as proactive as possible. We have help available if there are issues of accessibility, handicapped issues. We work with those folks."