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Word On The Street - Project Update 10.28.20

We really are getting close, but it's still 6-7 weeks away before the bulk of construction will be completed for the Restore M-24 project. The base course is complete, and the leveling course is almost done for this section of the project. Unfortunately, there is about 700 tons of failed material that needs to be ripped out and replaced at the W. Burdick St. intersection. To do this, they will need to close the W. Burdick St. intersection again this weekend. UGHHH! Yes, you read that correct. The W. Burdick St. intersection will be closing this Friday 7AM (10/30) to Sunday 7PM (11/1). On the bright side, while the intersection is closed they will also be putting down the third and final layer over the weekend. In the coming weeks you can expect some lane changes, traffic shifts and additional closures at the E. Burdick intersection as well at the Drahner. Which means we are nearing the end of the paving process! There is still some additional concrete work that will need to be completed including taking out the remaining sidewalks in Downtown and putting them back in. MDOT's goal is getting all lanes reopened and traffic flowing in both directions before the paving season ends in Michigan, and as it stands right now they are going to hit their target date of early December. There will be additional work in the spring to put the finishing touches on everything, but in comparison to the last couple of months it will be a piece of cake for Oxford (at least we're hoping that's the case) Thanks for tuning in! That is all for this week's Word on the Street! 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 10.22.20

Due to the weather, we are a day behind in our publishing schedule, and we aren't the only ones getting held up by this rain. MDOT announced yesterday afternoon that the W. Burdick St. intersection would not be reopening as scheduled, and pushed the date back to this Friday (10/23). AJAX hasn't been able to complete the paving of the section due to the weather, and the rain today isn't helping to get it done either. If the weather continues to be an issue, MDOT may consider using some temporary material to be able to get that intersection reopened. Martin J., the concrete contractor called off work yesterday, but they are back on site today. On a positive note, additional sections of sidewalks in the Downtown are being removed, and they will be putting in the light pole foundations and tree pits in the coming weeks. Once the section of pavement is completed from Burdick south to Drahner, they will begin paving the section north of Burdick. Additional good news is the new traffic signal that was installed yesterday at the Ray Rd. & Oxford Rd. intersection by Oxford High School. This left-turn arrow will allow westbound traffic to turn left onto southbound Oxford Rd. and help with the traffic during peak times such as school arrival & dismissal. This year has certainly been a lot different then we all anticipated, but throughout COVID and Construction we have remained OxfordStrong. We've had to cancel some events, and make adjustments to others. This year Scarecrow Festival is being held as an online event, and we'd love for you to join in the fun! Submit contest entry pictures to the Facebook Event Page between October 10-24. Cast your votes on October 25-27. Winners will receive $100 Gift Card, PLUS 2 Random participants with be drawn. Click on the pictures below to take you to the contest category and submit your entries! Thanks for tuning in! That is all for this week's Word on the Street! 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 10.14.20

The project continues to move forward in a positive direction. Paving is projected to start this Friday, starting at the Burdick intersection and progressing south to Drahner. The paving crews will work Friday, Saturday and Monday. The Burdick St. intersection will be reopening as planned next Wednesday, October 21st. The only unscheduled item at this time is when the sidewalks in Downtown will be removed and replaced. MDOT is projecting that they will still be removed this season. We have requested that MDOT give us some notice so that we can help to keep the businesses in that area as best informed as possible. You may have noticed some new islands in the Downtown. Thank you Joseph Savalle for posting this picture on Facebook. These are called Pedestrian Refuges, and their function will serve two purposes. One, they will provide safe midway points for pedestrians to stop at when they cross M-24. Two, they will slow the traffic down, the slightly narrower lanes create a traffic calming effect. Here are some pictures to help you see what they will look like when the project is complete. Thanks for tuning in! That is all for this week's Word on the Street! 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 10.7.20

It's a quick update this week! The weather is beautiful, and who knows how many more days we will have as nice as this one. For the next 14 days the W. Burdick St intersection will be closed. Sanitary Sewer and Storm Drainage work will be completed by the end of this week. Curb work is completed up to north of Ensley St. Light pole foundations are being installed as well. They are grading the road in preparation for paving and are currently working north of Burdick. Paving is forecasted to begin October 19th, and they will work their way south with base and leveling courses. The only unscheduled item at this time is when the sidewalks in downtown will be removed and replaced. During the 14 day closure, this map shows the detour route. 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 9.30.20

Some promising news about the Restore M-24 Project... At our weekly MDOT meeting this morning, Brian Travis (project manager) announced "We are where we were hoping to be at this stage of the project." The sanitary and storm sewer crews have been exceeding their daily scheduled quota, and bought back a little of the time for the project. This doesn't change the projected end date of early December though, and there will still be work to complete next spring. Yesterday, Brian Travis and Village Manager, Joe Madore walked the east side of the project and pulled together a punch list of items that need to be resolved. Some of these items may be addressed in the spring. All pavement removals have been completed, and the storm sewer crew is working at the north end of the project while the sanitary crew is currently working in the Downtown area just north of Burdick. Sidewalks have been removed north and south of the Downtown area. Only the curb and decorative brickwork has been removed in front of the north & south Historic quadrants and for now the rest of the sidewalks remain. MDOT is holding off on removing this section of sidewalk until they can ensure they will be able to reinstall it. Weather and road completion is a factor in this determination. South of the Downtown Historic district all sidewalks have been removed, and a section has already been reinstalled. Curb is complete south of the Village limits from Minnetonka to Drahner, and is currently underway by White House Village. They will continue working their way north installing curb to the project end point by Harriet. Once curb work is completed, paving will be able to commence! This however means that the W. Burdick intersection will require a 14 day closure similar to when they did the E. Burdick intersection. MDOT is anticipating this closure to begin next week October 7th and running until October 21st. Here is the traffic advisory MDOT posted today regarding the closure. 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 9.23.20

W. BURDICK STREET CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR THIS SATURDAY The sanitary sewer crew is ahead of schedule, and they will be closing the W. Burdick St. intersection for Saturday and Sunday (9/26 & 27). North of Burdick, pavement milling and removal is wrapping up and the sanitary sewer work will continue past Burdick into next week. On the east side of the project there are only a few loose ends to tie up - some decorative brickwork and a couple of driveways still need to be reinstalled. The new light poles are in, and they will be functional by the end of this week. You will notice that not all the lights will be on though, the older poles still need to be retrofitted. They will begin taking down the light poles on the west side as soon as the new lights are functioning. 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 9.16.20

Inch by Inch, they are getting it done. The freshly paved northbound lane will be opening up this Saturday for motorists heading southbound on M-24, and we will be in the full swing of Stage 3 of the project. All southbound traffic will now use the northbound lanes and the construction zone will extend from Drahner to Harriet from now until November 15th. All the light poles have been installed, and wiring is complete for the east side of M-24. The light poles on the west side will start to come down soon. All of the tree boxes have been places and the fencing around them along with the trees will be going in next spring. All water main installation has been completed. Lots of digging, removal of pavement and sidewalks, and sanitary sewer work in the coming weeks. 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 9.9.20

This week's update is a brief one. The traffic shift in Downtown starting at Broadway is in effect. Toward the end of next week or possibly the beginning of the following week southbound traffic will all be using the newly paved portion of the road. There are still some restoration items they need to cross off the list to be able to make this shift happen including sidewalks, back filling, and installation of the remaining light poles. The tree planters are in place and they continue to work on completing the decorative brick areas in the Downtown. The pavement removal is complete up to Ensley and the water main work has been completed. Digging for the sanitary sewer started today as well. This underground work for the sanitary sewer work is going to take a good chunk of time to complete, and fingers crossed they will get the road complete by November 15th. They are a couple weeks behind where they would like to be, but are still hopeful they will be able to complete on time. 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 9.2.20

SIDEWALKS!!!!!! At the south end of the project sidewalks and seed is down, and at the north end of the project they are halfway through pouring the sidewalks in Downtown. They really look good! Please, please, please, PLEASE stay off of the sidewalks until the barricades and caution tape have been removed. Footprints and tire tracks in the freshly installed cement will cause delays in the project as it will have to be removed and replaced. The decorative brickwork is also currently being installed. And check out those lamp posts! They have been refurbished, are in place, and hopefully you noticed we have more then we did before. The structural soil for our new tress is starting to go into the planting beds now too. Seeing all these little details and finishing touches really is exciting. On Saturday (9/28), the new traffic shift went into effect, and they are now working at the south end of the project once again. They will be digging, and digging - moving in a northbound direction. During this portion of the project they will be running a Township sewer service line, and they will be digging even deeper this time. Even though there has been a traffic shift, the flow of traffic is still being routed the same. If you are having trouble getting to your favorite Oxford businesses, here is a map to help you find your way. 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 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. #OxfordStrong

Word On The Street - Project Update 8.19.20

Burdick is open, and the crews continue to work diligently on getting the newly paved section south of Burdick ready for the traffic shift that will go into effect next week. (8/27) In the work zone south of Burdick down to Drahner, there are quite a few things going on - Light pole foundations are being installed along with the electrical conduit. The irrigation for the trees is also currently going in. Restorative work is also underway for driveways and other miscellaneous wrap ups in this section. North of Burdick the curb work is getting place, stone and final grade, and then pavement!!! We are getting new curbs, but did you know that part of this project also includes some curb appeal? New trees will be added, and to ensure they are able to thrive they will be using some engineered dirt. This is what that dirt looks like. I'm no soil or materials expert, but I like to garden so close to expert right? The consistency of this dirt (more clumpy than grainy) seems like it won't get so tightly compacted over time and heave the sidewalks. Great job Design & Engineering teams thinking through even the smallest details. We are all getting excited to see the final product, but we still have a little ways to go. We're including a condensed version of what to expect in the coming months with the construction project. This schedule shows the major work activities for each stage of construction in both the rehab and reconstruct portion of the project. This schedule incorporates actual construction dates through the end of June. The rest of the dates are projected dates. Please understand that this schedule is intended to give a simple breakdown of what is happening and when, however dates and duration are subject to change at any time due to weather, utility conflicts, or other reasons. MDOT and the Contractor will do their best to stay on schedule, but in no way is this schedule a guarantee of when stage changes or completion dates will occur so please be mindful of this. For Downtown Oxford streetscape items – you’ll notice a handful of activities listed like light poles and irrigation. The goal for streetscape items is to get anything underground installed, or anything with a foundation installed this year. Per the contract, above ground streetscape items and landscaping is allowed to take place in spring of 2021, and the contractor is planning to have these items completed by early May of next year, however their schedule does not detail which items and when. In case you'd like to print a copy for your fridge, here is a PDF version you can download. 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 8.12.20

It's hard to believe these pictures were only taken a week apart, but they certainly show that progress is being made at the Burdick St. intersection! Thanks again Johnston Photography. The Burdick St. intersection is on track to re-open tomorrow August 13th. The paving crew is placing the base and leveling layer currently. When the intersection re-opens there will be a difference in grade between the new asphalt and the old road, and they will put a ramp to transition between the two surfaces. The stone grade north of Burdick is will begin in the near future. Throughout the project you will notice a small lip between the curb and road, and it won't be until the end of the project that the third layer of asphalt will be put down. In the work zone south of Burdick down to Drahner, there are quite a few things going on in preparation for the traffic shift that goes into effect on 8/21. Light pole foundations are being installed along with the electrical conduit. The irrigation for the trees is also currently going in. Restorative work is also underway for driveways and other miscellaneous wrap ups in this section. The sidewalks are just about gone, and only a few small sections still remain. The curb work is on-going, and they are beginning to start the grading work for installation. We're including a condensed version of what to expect in the coming months with the construction project. This schedule shows the major work activities for each stage of construction in both the rehab and reconstruct portion of the project. This schedule incorporates actual construction dates through the end of June. The rest of the dates are projected dates. Please understand that this schedule is intended to give a simple breakdown of what is happening and when, however dates and duration are subject to change at any time due to weather, utility conflicts, or other reasons. MDOT and the Contractor will do their best to stay on schedule, but in no way is this schedule a guarantee of when stage changes or completion dates will occur so please be mindful of this. For Downtown Oxford streetscape items – you’ll notice a handful of activities listed like light poles and irrigation. The goal for streetscape items is to get anything underground installed, or anything with a foundation installed this year. Per the contract, above ground streetscape items and landscaping is allowed to take place in spring of 2021, and the contractor is planning to have these items completed by early May of next year, however their schedule does not detail which items and when. In case you'd like to print a copy for your fridge, here is a PDF version you can download. 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

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