U.S. 127 Closures Start; Businesses Expect Impact

By: Tony Tagliavia
By: Tony Tagliavia

If you commute on US 127 through Lansing and East Lansing -- prepare for one fewer lane in each direction for up to six weeks.

The closures come as part of a pavement repair project the state estimates at $2.9 million. As with any project, the closures could create traffic problems affecting local businesses.

"It'll have a little impact in the beginning," Aengus McIntosh, general manager of the Claddagh Irish Pub, said.

McIntosh says his business, in Lansing Township's Eastwood Towne Center, could see a five percent drop in sales -- a drop caused by would-be customers startled by the construction.

"It'll be a fun morning for people that aren't ready for that to be shut down," McIntosh said.

But after a week or so, he predicts people will adjust to alternate routes. Wood Street to the west of U.S. 127, and Abbott and Chandler roads to the east could be detours for the construction.

The project runs north from Trowbridge Road -- near where I-496 runs into Downtown Lansing -- to the junction with I-69.

During the construction, the speed limit on the impacted stretch will be lowered to 45 miles an hour when workers are present.

After six weeks or so, the closures -- and the work itself -- will be restricted to daytime: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.

Businesses expect they'll get used to it. And they expect most customers to do the same.

"It's cone season. What do they say? The flag in Michigan's orange," McIntosh said.

The Michigan Department of Transportation expects the work to be wrapped up by early September.

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