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MDOT holds meeting to discuss MLK construction delays

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Published: Dec. 11, 2019 at 3:59 PM EST
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The pavement repair project on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in Lansing has been under construction for months and is running behind schedule.

Road repairs on the boulevard won't be complete anytime soon as construction crews have wrapped up work for the season.

Currently, two newly paved lanes surround three rough and patchy lanes all along MLK Boulevard between Edgewood and Victor Avenue--this comes after three months of lane and road closures.

"I don't understand why we just did one side of each side of the road, like one lane, kind of a pointless fix," said Zane Nachazel, the manager for Soldan's Pet Supplies.

Soldan's Pet Supplies had front row seats to the $4.6 million pavement repair project witnessing both frustration and confusion from drivers.

"I had a costumer, that every time he came in here, he would ask me what side of the road he was supposed to drive to because they moved all the cones and then went from everybody needed to be on the left side of the road to they need to be on the right side of the road and nobody knew it," said Nachazel.

On Wednesday night, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will be holding a meeting to inform the public about the delays on the project, which was supposed to be completed by now.

MDOT contracted Michigan Paving in mid-August to repave all five lanes on MLK boulevard by November, but only two lanes have been completed.

"They had a few material issues, a few quality issues that during the first phase of of right lane of north bound so that took longer than they anticipated," said Jason Early, Lansing TSC.

Weather conditions are said to have also been a reason for delays.

Michigan Paving, the company contracted to do the work, will be fined for the extra days it will take to complete the project.

The paving company will be finishing the three remaining lanes in the spring.

“It is an inconvenience because I work over here and I do a lot of shopping and a lot of running around over here,” said Erica Singleton,

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 333 Union Hall, which is located at 5405 on south Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard between Jolly Road and Northrup Street.

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