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Word On The Street - Project Update 8.26.20

Not a whole lot to report this week for the WOTS. The crews continue to wrap up restoration work - installing driveways, reinstalling light poles is ongoing, and digging tree pits for the new landscaping is currently being done. There will be a traffic shift that is now scheduled to go into effect on Friday, August 28th. The traffic will shift just south of Burdick to the freshly paved asphalt and then shift back over just north of Drahner. This traffic shift doesn't change the flow of traffic, and southbound on 24 will continue to be the only direction through Downtown Oxford until the end of the project. Once the traffic shift is in effect, crews will begin with removals, water main and sewer work in the Southbound lanes from Ensley to Drahner.

We did dig up a couple of cool artifacts this week. Found at East St. was this pair of horseshoes. We are cleaning them and then donating them to the North Oakland Historic Museum.

We are also including some really cool historic maps of Oxford that were published in 1926 by the Sanbourn Map Company.

Here is a little history about the company:

Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company first gained recognition for creating richly detailed fire insurance maps as a product to help insurance companies assess the potential risks involved in underwriting policies.

Sanborn Fire Insurance maps typically include the following information: Building addresses, Building height, Building footprints, Street names, Number of stories per building, Building construction materials, Building use, and Right of way. These maps of Oxford even detail the 4" water main locations throughout the Village.

These maps are available at the Library of Congress, and here are links to other years they were published for Oxford. We hope you have fun taking a look over them.

1890, 1895, 1900, 1915, 1926

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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