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Word On The Street - Project Update 7.15.20

The big news for this week - the Burdick St. intersection closure will not be happening this weekend (7/18 & 7/19). The sewer crew working from Ensley to the north was delayed with various utility and water main conflicts and would not be able to reach Burdick by this weekend. In theory they could jump ahead to install pipe at the Burdick intersection, but did not want to risk installing that pipe ahead of time and then having to make changes to it at a later date if any pipe downstream had to move. With the new plan, crews are able to pass Burdick but then come back and tie the already installed mainline sewer into the Burdick intersection. That is the preferred method rather than jumping ahead. For now the closure of the Burdick St. intersection is scheduled for the following weekend (7/25 & 7/26).

This is the detour route that will be used during that intersection closure.

The Grading crews are working at the north end of the project again this week. The Sewer crew continues to work on the northbound reconstruction portion of M-24. They are currently working on a water main relocation and updates to the service lines to residents and businesses between Ensley & Lincoln. Sidewalks, curb and grading is going on south of the Village limits, and that area is shaping up nicely. And although it appears as if too much hasn't gotten done in the last 10 days, the crews creep forward in a northerly fashion laying foundational work for the time when new pavement will be installed.

We have had a handful of questions about the Drahner intersection, the timing of the lights, and the difficulty to make turns. MDOT has coordinated with the County, and they are working on split phasing to ease some of the traffic backups, meaning the EB Drahner traffic would have a red light while WB had green (but not green arrow). Here is a little more information about the turns at Drahner, and why it is set up this way.

On the map the arrow turning right shows the turning radius trucks are making in the current configuration. They are turning from the far right lane with no room to cheat over into the adjacent lane because the left turn lane is there (other red arrow). So, trucks would be turning into the cars sitting at the left turn lane on WB Drahner.

Because of this, there is only one lane on WB Drahner on the E side of the intersection, that lane is used for thru and left turns, presenting a problem when you have opposing traffic and are unable to turn left.

That is all for this week's Word On The Street. If you have questions about the project, they can be submitted here.

As always, remember to please drive safely, abide traffic rules, keep workers safe, follow posted detour routes and refrain from using neighborhood side streets. Thank you for your continued patience.

We are all in this together.


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