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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

Word On The Street - Project Update 8.5.20

It's been a busy week again, and the project continues to progress forward. The sewer work is complete except for one spot up at the North end of the project, but that is getting wrapped up soon. With the sewer work wrapping up, they have been working on the stone grade work in preparation for pavement. The curbs have been reinstalled for a significant portion of the project, and light pole foundations are going in too. Ajax paving will be returning to get the paving going, and their goal is to be paved up to Burdick by the end of next week. Before too long we will transition into the next phase of the project. 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 7.29.20

The big news this week is the closures on E. Burdick St and navigating the detours. The Contractor and MDOT is on schedule with their portion of the work, and the reopening will happen August 10th. The Village work on E. Burdick is moving along as well, and the stone is in place for the water main work that was completed yesterday. The contractor for that work is estimating a pave date of Friday. Because there are multiple detours to keep track of we are including the maps again this week. The rest of the project is moving along. The stone grade has been completed up to Ensley, and the clay grade is underway North of Ensley. They are working on pipe at the North end of the job. Sidewalk removals have begun in the Downtown District and the only spots that remain are pieces that will need to be saw cut and removed. All of the bricks from the sidewalks have been salvaged and are being stored at the Contractor's lot. The concrete crews will begin installing the new sidewalks withing the next couple of weeks. Down by the Movie Theater an underground storage tank was discovered this week, and that is being removed by a special crew. There was also a Catch Basin dug up last week. MDOT's Design Team shared that the oldest engineering records they have are from 1922, and it is likely this artifact was built at that time. A catch basin is part of the storm water management system. When too much rain hits the system, it flows first into this holding tank until it can be adequately absorbed by the underground pipe system. It has been relocated to the Polly Ann Trail Weigh Station Park. These bird's eye views were just too cool not to include this week. Taken by Oxford Charter Township Communications, CJ Carnacchio. 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 7.22.20

This Saturday, July 25th the east half of the intersection at E. Burdick will be closing for 16 days. We had previously reported that the closure was only scheduled for the Saturday & Sunday, but MDOT and the contractor decided to make the choice for efficiency, and close the intersection until the work is complete. The intersection will reopen at 7 am August 10th. With the intersection closed, how will traffic be diverted? Well, glad you asked here is the detour map. But what does this map really say about turns and access to businesses? Here is our response to your query We've got one more map to add to the mix... Next week, in conjunction with the MDOT closure of the Burdick intersection, The Village will also be completing some work. Scheduled tentatively for next Tuesday & Wednesday (July 28th & 29th) there will be two trenches dug and water and sewer lines installed for the DDA Parking lot project. With all that said, you will still be able to get to all of your favorite Downtown Businesses! I know they will be so thankful to see you! The rest of the project is moving along, and we are about at the halfway point. In some places they are ahead of schedule, and in others they have hit a few snags that were easily resolvable - as to be expected for a project this size and scope. At this morning's community leader meeting MDOT reported that they currently have the storm water & sewer crew working North of Burdick. Last week they completed the water services swap out and even got a little paving completed. The current unknown/moving target is the removal of the sidewalks Downtown, and until the pipe crews are done in that section the sidewalks will remain. 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 7.15.20

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. #OxfordStrong

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

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