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Word On The Street - Project Update 7.8.20

It's a quick update for this week's Word On The Street. They are working. Okay, we've got a little more to say then that, but not much. The Sewer crew continues to work on the northbound reconstruction portion of M-24 between Ensley & Lincoln. There is a water main in this section that will be relocated, and residents & business owners will have a temporary disruption to their water service. Once the water is restored, individuals in this area will need to boil water until the testing has been approved by the State. The Village will notify all those affected by this work prior to the start of it. The second Sewer crew is working down at Indianwood currently, but will be back at the end of this week or beginning of next to work on the portion North of Ensley. Sidewalks and curb are currently going in just south of the Village border. The grading crew is working up towards the north end of the project. There will be a closure at the Burdick intersection in the coming weeks. July 18th & 19th are the projected days for the work. No other side street closures are scheduled at this time. 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. #OxfordStrong

Word On The Street - Project Update 7.1.20

Tomorrow's the big day! The Drahner intersection is re-opening! At the close of the day tomorrow the crews will pack it up around 3 PM, and there won't be any work going on over the 4th of July weekend. The street removal is complete except for the sidewalks in the Historic Downtown No date has been provided as to when that work will begin. Special attention is being given to this area because of the Historic Buildings. To date there has only been one time MDOT has had to stop working because the vibration monitoring equipment triggered. There will be a closure at the Burdick intersection in the coming weeks. July 18th & 19th are the projected days for the work, but it is possible that it would move forward a week to the 11th & 12th. No other side street closures are scheduled at this time. The Sewer Crew has been working in the northbound reconstruction section laying new sewer mains and the Grading Crew has been following behind filling back in those areas. I was able to stop by the job site today to check out this process, and it was pretty cool. I was really impressed with how efficiently these crews worked. Within my 20 minute visit, they had dug out a section for the new pipe, placed the new section in the hole, sealed it up, and were backfilling and grading. Here are some pictures of their work: Special thanks to Christian, MDOT Intern from Tennessee State University for taking these pictures for me while I was onsite. This is Christian's second year interning with MDOT. He is majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Political Science. 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. #OxfordStrong

Word On The Street - Project Update 6.24.20

What do cars like on their toast? Traffic Jam All jokes aside, the project is moving along as expected and has remained on schedule. Get excited! The Drahner intersection is re-opening by July 4th (as long as there aren't any complications). The crews started yesterday installing curb and continue working on it today. They are "gapping out driveways" or leaving those open to maintain access. Stone has been placed in those driveways for now, and the new aprons will be installed soon. Next Monday (6/29) they will be fine grading and beginning the installation of pavement. It will take three days to complete the paving work at this intersection, and once completed and cured the intersection will reopen. Crews continue to work on the special removal areas and they are in the process of planning for the sidewalk removal in the Downtown. No date has been provided as to when that work will begin though. Special attention is being given to this area because of the Historic Buildings. The Sewer Crew has been working in the northbound reconstruction section laying new sewer mains and the Grading Crew has been following behind filling back in those areas. This Friday the Sewer Crew will be working at the Ensley intersection and it will be closed Friday and Saturday (6/26 & 6/27). The following Monday (6/29), a second Sewer Crew will begin working in the reconstruct area. Here's a picture from 1894 of men laying pipe in Oxford. Rumors have been that pipes were wood but this picture shows the men laying iron pipes. 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. #OxfordStrong Construction & Covid won't stop us from having FUN in Oxford! Here are some upcoming Community Events Fridays With Friends - Starting June 26 from 5-8 PM. You can find more information here. Music in the Park - at the Village Offices Thursdays July 9 - August 20 Here are the best ways to get to the businesses you love in Oxford and the rear parking lots.

Word On The Street - Project Update 6.17.20

We're Down to Dirt Again! Two more weeks is the expected timeline for the W. Drahner intersection to be closed. The stone is now mostly in place, they are starting to grade, and the curb work is starting next Monday. The following week (June 29-July 3) the first and second lift of new pavement will be installed, and the intersection will reopen. Pavement milling and removal is also advancing along M-24 in the northbound lanes. All special areas for pavement removal have been saw cut, and they will continue to remove pavement in those areas. Expect some temporary side street closures when crews are working in those intersections. The contractors goal is to have those intersections functioning at the close of each work day. We have requested a heads up from MDOT and the Contractor for when specific side streets will be affected. An MDOT representative completed their Work Zone Review to ensure that signage is completely in place, and they have made adjustments as needed. It's construction business up front, but there's a party out back! Here are the best ways to get to the businesses you love in Oxford and the rear parking lots. Any questions you have about the project 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. #OxfordStrong

Word On The Street - Project Update 6.10.20

The traffic shift went into effect last week, and the main detour is now in place for the duration of the project. The work at the W. Drahner intersection is progressing nicely. The storm sewer work is underway and water main work started today. They are already starting some of the grading work at this intersection, and have had both crews working to get this intersection buttoned up by July 4th. Pavement milling and removal is also advancing along M-24 in the northbound lanes, but you will notice that some sections haven't been worked on yet. In the next week they will be bringing specialized equipment to saw cut and remove those portions of pavement. Expect some temporary side street closures when crews are working in those intersections. The contractors goal is to have those intersections functioning at the close of the work day. We have requested a heads up from MDOT and the Contractor for when specific side streets will be affected. An MDOT representative has been making the rounds to ensure that signage is completely in place, and they are making adjustments as needed. There are still some business/building owners that need to have their video monitoring completed. With many of the businesses temporarily closed it has been a challenge for the contractor to get in contact to set up those appointments. If you have not been contacted to have your video monitoring done, please email communications@thevillageofoxford.org to get that set up. Provide your address and best contact information. A listing of business addresses can be found here. We have requested a complete listing from the company doing the monitoring, and are waiting for them to provide that along with copies of the videos. Just a reminder to business owners, video your own property and secure or take down anything that could potentially break from the vibrations. There have been some questions about why turns are or aren't allowed so we reached out to MDOT's Traffic Designer to get answers. Here is their response: Many different scenarios regarding signals and allowed movements were considered and evaluated during design, but maintaining NB traffic flowing as smoothly as possible onto the directional detour was the primary goal. M-24/Drahner Intersection With heavy NB to EB traffic flow we knew there likely wouldn’t be gaps in traffic for the SB to EB left - meaning the SB to EB movement would only be completed during the yellow light. This would create an unsafe situation and the only way to remedy it would be to introduce a green arrow phase for SB to EB which would have a negative impact on the NB traffic flow to the directional detour. It should be noted that this restriction is only in place until 4th of July then all movements at Drahner will be open. Oxford Lake/Drahner Intersection We had assumed that when the signal for NB traffic at Drahner goes red that would allow some time for cars to turn left from Oxford Lk Dr onto Drahner, but in reality NB traffic is probably performing a “rolling stop” at the M-24 intersection after they learned there is no opposing movement which in essence is eliminating the time for cars to turn left out of Oxford Lake. Adding a signal here would negatively impact the traffic flow for NB thru traffic on the directional detour and could potentially create backups into the M-24/Drahner intersection. Any questions you have about the project 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. #OxfordStrong

Word On The Street - Project Update 6.3.20

Houston we are all systems go! Today is the day! The traffic shift is currently underway, and by this afternoon M-24 will be one lane only in the southbound direction and northbound traffic will be detoured to Glaspie St. Work will begin at the West Drahner intersection at this time and will last approximately four weeks. They will start with milling and removal of pavement, and storm sewer and water main work. At the same time they will also start the milling and removal of the northbound M-24 lanes. There have been some traffic light issues at East St. and Glaspie St., and that is being addressed today. This traffic signal was put in place for the fire department. The vibration monitoring equipment is currently taking baseline measurements in town. Some businesses have yet to be video taped, and we will be provided with a listing of buildings that have not yet been visited. If you have not been contacted to have your video monitoring done, please email communications@thevillageofoxford.org to get that set up. Provide your address and best contact information. A listing of business addresses can be found here. Just a reminder to business owners, video your own property and secure or take down anything that could potentially break from the vibrations. Consumers is still working on completion of the tie-ins for the work north of Burdick St., and they should have that wrapped up soon. Just a reminder 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. #OxfordStrong Any questions about the project can be submitted here

Word On The Street - Project Update 5.27.20

It's a quick wrap up for this week's Word on the Street. Things are going well at the Drahner intersection - curb is in place and curing, video inspection of the storm sewer work, and they are fine grading in preparation for the installation of pavement beginning Saturday. They will base and level Monday and Tuesday of next week. In preparation for the main detour, some additional signage and road striping on Glaspie needs to be completed. Wednesday, June 3rd is the expected date for Stage 2A & 2B to begin which means the main detour route will go into effect. They will begin working on the west Drahner intersection and begin moving north on the east side of M-24. Light pole removal is now complete and the poles are being sandblasted and restored for re-installation. There were a few light poles that were too deteriorated to be restored, but the Village has some on hand that will be used in their place. The videoing for the vibration monitoring has been completed, and the equipment is in place. They are taking baseline measurements currently. Consumers is currently working on completion of the tie-ins for the work north of Burdick St. Their work will take about a week and a half. Just a reminder 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. #OxfordStrong Any questions about the project can be submitted here

Word On The Street - Project Update 5.20.20

This weeks word - RAIN. The rain has created some pothole issues, and they are doing what they can to patch those areas of concern. Even though the Drahner intersection had considerable rain, the crews were still able to get all of the stone in place and they are grading for curb tomorrow and Friday. The week after Memorial Day they will be putting in curb and should have the first lift of paving in by the end of the week. Glaspie Rd. is still in need of some additional signage and road striping, and it will get completed prior to the main detour going into effect. If all goes well, and there aren't weather delays or other unforeseen events, the next phase of the project will be starting around June 3rd. At that time they will begin working on the west Drahner intersection and begin moving north on the east side of M-24. Light pole removal is nearly complete. There were three light poles that were too deteriorated to be restored, but the Village has some on hand that will be used in their place. The videoing for the vibration monitoring has been completed, and the equipment is in place. They are taking baseline measurements currently. Consumers is finally able to complete the tie-ins for the work north of Burdick St. They will begin that work next Tuesday, May 26th. Just a reminder 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. #OxfordStrong Any questions about the project can be submitted here

Word On The Street - Project Update 5.13.20

Starting tomorrow, south of Drahner there will be lane changes that will be in effect until July. These changes are as follows: the southbound right lane will be closed from Drahner to Indianwood. Past Indianwood, that single lane will be shifted onto the existing center turn lane. Northbound will have one lane open from Goldengate to Indianwood. The existing northbound lane will be re-striped into a shared center left turn lane. During this stage of the project the southbound pavement will be milled and resurfaced. At the Drahner Rd. intersection the new water main installation should be wrapping up today and the storm sewer work is nearing completion. The grading crew will be moving forward and placing stone and base. Additional curb and driveway removal will be starting soon, and Dan's and MDOT will be communicating with business owners and residents regarding work that will be affecting them. This work will continue into next week, and towards the end of next week curb and driveways will be going in. Paving will be starting in this area the later part of the week after Memorial Day. Once the pavement is in, Dan's and MDOT will be moving to the West side of the Drahner Rd. intersection, and Stage 2A Detour route will go into effect. Light pole removal on the East side of M-24 is underway, and is being coordinated with the DPW. They are only removing light poles on the East side of M-24 at this time. They will be refurbished and reinstalled prior to the removal of light poles on the West side of the street. Foundation recording and vibration monitoring will be starting tomorrow. If you haven't submitted your current contact information to the Village, please send your name, business name & address email, and best number to reach you at to communications@thevillageofoxford.org. A listing of business addresses can be found here. Consumers is still unable to complete the tie-ins for the work north of Burdick St. Once the COVID restrictions are lifted, they will be able to enter residences & businesses. This date has yet to be determined. Just a reminder 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. #OxfordStrong Any questions about the project can be submitted here

Word On The Street - Project Update 5.6.20

At the Drahner Rd. intersection the pavement is completely removed. Storm sewer and water main work has started, and will be completed by mid to end of next week. Jim Sharpe, township engineer will be onsite to review the work with Dan's & MDOT. Northbound M-24 traffic is being detoured for both East and West Drahner. Southbound traffic can still make a right hand turn onto West Drahner. The intersection closure at East Drahner will be done around Memorial Day. Skip patching was done on Monday and Tuesday of this week (5/4 & 5/5). They will be re-striping Glaspie and adding a center turn lance prior to the main detour going into effect. At the completion of the project, Glaspie will be milled, resurfaced, and the center turn lane will not be staying. Light pole removal in the downtown has started, and is being coordinated with the DPW. The light poles are going to be refurbished once they are taken down to be ready to be reinstalled at a later time in the project. Concerns about lighting in the downtown area is being addressed, and the Village Manager is working with MDOT. Letters to business owners regarding the Vibration Monitoring for their buildings were mailed out last week to update them about the scheduling. The Village is collecting current contact information from business owners to assist in the scheduling of these appointments . Vibration Monitoring will be conducted the week of May 11th. If you are one of these businesses, please send your name, business name & address email, and best number to reach you at to communications@thevillageofoxford.org. A listing of business addresses can be found here. Consumers is still unable to complete the tie-ins for the work north of Burdick St. Once the COVID restrictions are lifted, they will be able to enter residences & businesses. This is forecasted for end of May. Just a reminder to please follow posted detour routes and refrain from using neighborhood side streets. The side streets are being monitored by police. Thank you for your continued patience, driving safely and keeping workers safe. We are all in this together. #OxfordStrong Any questions about the project can be submitted here

Word On The Street - Project Update 4.29.20

At the Drahner Rd. intersection they are milling asphalt and removing some concrete this week, and forecasting for Friday/Saturday to start on the storm sewer work. The storm sewer and underground work will take about two weeks to get completed. Northbound M-24 traffic is being detoured for both East and West Drahner. Southbound traffic can still make a right hand turn onto West Drahner. The intersection closure at East Drahner will last approximately 4 weeks and be done around Memorial Day. Due to the weather, skip patching on Glaspie St. that was scheduled to start Thursday, 4/30 has been moved to early next week (Monday/Tuesday). Flagers will be out to control traffic. All of the detour and signage is in place for this stage of the project. There is some overhead utility work being done this week. They will begin removing light poles in the downtown area in approximately 10 days from now. This work will be coordinated with the DPW. The light poles are going to be refurbished once they are taken down to be ready to be reinstalled at a later time in the project. Concerns about lighting in the downtown area is being addressed, and the Village Manager and DPW will be kept in the loop. Letters to business owners regarding the Vibration Monitoring for their buildings were mailed out yesterday to update them about the scheduling. The Village is collecting current contact information from business owners to assist in the scheduling of these appointments . The date originally forecasted for Vibration Monitoring was May 4th, but is being moved back to May 11th. If you are one of these businesses, please send your name, business name & address email, and best number to reach you at to communications@thevillageofoxford.org. A listing of business addresses can be found here. Consumers is still unable to complete the tie-ins for the work north of Burdick St. Once the COVID restrictions are lifted, they will be able to enter residences & businesses. This is forecasted for end of May. Overall the project is off to a great start. MDOT and the Contractor are doing a great job keeping Local Officials informed on scheduling and important updates. Please continue to be patient, keep workers safe, and use posted detour routes. We are all in this together. #OxfordStrong Any questions about the project can be submitted here

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