Downtown Disaster

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

Construction crews continue to dig beneath the surface looking for more sinkholes on Grand Avenue. Thursday, CATA had to move its entire operations seven blocks north because of the cave in.

CATA buses will pick up passengers at a temporary transfer spot, near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Shiawassee Street, at least through the weekend. A free shuttle service is available at the corner of Washington Avenue and Lenawee Street.

City Engineer Dean Johnson says the hope is to have CATA back by the first part of next week.

Sinkholes end a summer of detours and closed roads in the Capital City. "It's getting people here that's the biggest problem," says Katie Doyle with the BoarsHead Theater near where the sinkholes were detected. "The signage hasn't been here," she says.

"The construction is everywhere," says Trevor McCann. It's his first year at Lansing Community College and he's often confused about where to park. "It's horrible," he says.

Most of the construction is tied somehow to the city's Combined Sewer Overflow Project says Johnson. Lansing is in its 15th year of a 30 year project he says.


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  • by Dennis Location: lansing on Sep 9, 2007 at 05:37 AM
    Downtown Lansing is a construction nightmare. With both daily job commuters and LCC students returning back to school, driving and parking is a genuine headache.These construction crews seem to be getting paid by the hour and are milking the job and I believe that they do not work on the weekends so the city can save on overtime pay.The construction people that leveled general motors and cleaned up that massive area on MLK should be called in to get these projects done because they are highly productive and it wouldn't take eight months to dig a trench, lay sewer pipes, and back fill the hole.
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