Crews Begin Major Resurfacing Project on Cedar

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Take a good look because this is a preview of what drivers can expect on Cedar Street all summer, as MDOT begins a $2.8 million project to resurface a 6-mile stretch.

"The project runs from just south of Lake Lansing Road south to the Pennsylvania ramps on I-96," Kari Arend of MDOT said. "It's a long stretch, but we are breaking it into segments to kind of minimize the impact more."

Phase one is from just south of Lake Lansing Road to Michigan Avenue. Work there began Monday with sidewalk repair first.

"Crews are making it more ADA compliant," Arend said, "That work happens first, then we will resurface."

Crews will continue to move southward along Cedar in four phases, each taking several weeks a piece.

"We'll always have one lane open in both directions during the work," she said.

Arend said they hope to do a bulk of the work overnight to try to avoid disruption to residents and businesses, but they need special permission from the Lansing City Council.

"We need the council to waive a noise ordinance to allow us to work in the night," Arend said.

One business owner well aware of the potential loss of sales due to the construction work, is Gary Helfmann of A1 rentals.

"It's stressful enough on Cedar Street," Helfmann said.

Which is why he supports the plan for crews to do most of the work at night. But even still, he knows it will be a rough summer, so he's trying to stay positive.

"It will hurt, but it's a temporary pain," he said. "I think it will improve business when it's all paved."

Arend is hoping other business owners and drivers will be as patient.

"Plan extra time," Arend said. "Be patient and you will get through."

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