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Construction News:

September 7, 2017

The sidewalk crossing across Rodd Street on the northern side of Main Street will be temporarily closed this morning for removal. Sidewalks will also be closed down the northern side of Main to Townsend for removal today. The crosswalk across Main on the eastern side of Townsend will remain open.

Pedestrians walking from the east end into downtown should use Larkin Street from Townsend to McDonald.

REMEMBER: Rodd Street between Larkin and Main has been temporarily made a two-way street to allow for access to street parking.


September 6, 2017:

Main Street between Rodd and Cronkright is closed as street milling activities began today. The sidewalks on both sides of Main Street are open.

The Main Street entrance of Ace Hardware is temporarily closed, but will reopen once street milling is completed. Customers should use the Cronkright Street entrance at this time.

Rodd Street between Larkin and Main has been temporarily made a two-way street to allow for access to street parking.


August 31, 2017:

Main Street from Ashman to Gordon Street will be open to vehicle traffic and parking by the end of the day on Friday, September 1. The Gordon Street intersection will also be open at that time.

Beginning Tuesday, September 5, Main Street will be closed from Rodd Street to Cronkright Street to begin Phase III of construction. The intersections of Main with Rodd and Townsend will also be closed.

Residents of Riverside Place should access the building’s rear parking area by taking Gordon, McDonald, or Ashman Streets to Ann Street. Rodd Street will be closed from Ann to Main Street. Residents’ visitors are recommended to park on Rodd, Townsend, or Cronkright before Main, in the Farmers Market area, or in one of the public parking areas. Free parking is also available in the Larkin Parking Ramp after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends. Both residents and guests will have front sidewalk access until further notice.

REMINDER: With Main Street now closed to Jerome Streetmotorists accessing M-20 are highly encouraged to use Rodd Street to Indian Street to Jerome Street to access M-20. Motorists using Larkin Street to access M-20 are experiencing long wait times.


August 23, 2017:

The crosswalks on both sides of Jerome Street at Main Street are closed. Pedestrians should cross Jerome at Buttles Street.

Progress Updates: 

  • Paving the Ashman to Gordon block is anticipated for Friday, August 25
  • Paving the Gordon to Fitzhugh block is anticipated for the week of September 11
  • Paving the Fitzhugh to Jerome block is anticipated for the week of September 28
  • Timeline Revision – Construction in the Phase 3 area (Rodd to Cronkright) has been postponed until September 5.
    The new plan will close Rodd to Cronkright after Labor Day weekend on September 5 and begin street milling of those blocks on September 6.
  • Rain garden edging installation will begin next week

August 21, 2017:

Crews are laying underground infrastructure in several blocks! Check out the photos below.

Underground pipes route through Silva cells, which are designed to help tree roots spread in an urban environment and promote better storm water run-off.

 

A dirt garden area with blue and white pipes come up from the ground.
Underground pipe work in a garden structure in front of Cafe Zinc on Main Street

August 18, 2017:

Beginning Tuesday, August 22, one lane of Jerome Street/M-20 will be closed at Main Street. The closure will remain in effect for one to two weeks.

With Main Street now closed to Jerome Streetmotorists accessing M-20 are highly encouraged to use Rodd Street to Indian Street to Jerome Street to access M-20. Motorists using Larkin Street to access M-20 are experiencing long wait times.


August 16, 2017:

Progress on Main Street means more exciting updates! See below for the latest information on what to expect this week.

McDonald to Ashman:

  • Should be opened to parking and traffic later today (August 16)
  • Ashman from Main to Ann will be restricted to one lane for a few more weeks

Ashman to Gordon:

  • Paving expected August 23
  • Intersection of Main and Gordon expected to open by August 24
  • *Tentative* opening date for Ashman to Gordon block is August 31

Rodd to Cronkright:

  • Work in these two blocks will happen together (Rodd to Townsend and Townsend to Cronkright)
  • Street milling expected to begin August 24
  • Rodd and Townsend intersections expected to close to traffic beginning August 24
    • At this time, McDonald, Ashman and Gordon will all be open to through traffic across Main Street
  • Tentative plan will leave Cronkright open to traffic turning east onto Main Street (westbound traffic will be prohibited)

August 14, 2017:

Work continues to progress on our Phase 1 blocks – it won’t be long until they’re completely open!

Highlights include:

  • Vehicle traffic and on-street parking now open from Rodd to McDonald Streets
  • Outdoor dining spaces starting to take shape in the Rodd to Ashman blocks

Watch the video below for a full update on what to expect this week in Downtown Midland.


August 11, 2017

The sidewalk on the east and north corners at Main and Ashman have reopened. The east corner at Main and Gordon will be closed for the next few days for installation of new concrete sidewalks.

Bollards in the Rodd to McDonald block

Bollards (those little black poles) were added to sidewalks in the Rodd to McDonald block yesterday. Today, crews will place them in the McDonald to Ashman block. These poles help protect pedestrians and delineate between pedestrian and vehicle space.


August 10, 2017

The east corner of Main and Ashman will be closed today for final installation of new concrete sidewalks. Wolverine Bank is accessible from Larkin Street, while other businesses on that side of Main will be accessible from McDonald or from the south side of Main. The sidewalk is expected to reopen by tomorrow morning.

REMINDER: With Main Street now closed to Jerome Street, motorists accessing M-20 are highly encouraged to use Rodd Street to Indian Street to Jerome Street to access M-20. Motorists using Larkin Street to access M-20 are experiencing long wait times.


August 8, 2017:

Main Street is temporarily closed today between McDonald and Rodd Streets for crews to sandblast concrete in the area.


August 4, 2017:

Work has extended into another block! The block from Fitzhugh to Jerome Street/M-20 is now closed, meaning that Main Street is now closed from McDonald Street to M-20/Jerome Street.

Motorists accessing M-20 are highly encouraged to use Rodd Street to Indian Street to Jerome Street to access M-20. Motorists using Larkin Street to access M-20 will experience long wait times.

One lane of Ashman Street is now open to through traffic. The intersection at Ashman and Larkin Streets has returned to a 2-way stop.

One lane of Ashman is open now!

One lane of Ashman at Main is now open! 

A closer look at the gathering place at the intersection of Ashman and Main

A closer look at a gathering place at the intersection of Ashman and Main Streets

Main between Ashman and McDonald is now paved!

Work continues in the block from Ashman to Gordon

The crosswalk across Main at Gordon Street is now closed and will remain closed for several weeks. The H Hotel facilities can be accessed from Ashman or from Ann Street up to Gordon.


August 3, 2017:

The crosswalk on Main Street at Gordon Street is now open. Pedestrians can also cross Main Street on the eastern side of Ashman and can cross Ashman on the southern side of Main.

As of today, pedestrians are also able to cross Main Street on both sides of McDonald.


August 1, 2017:

The pedestrian crosswalk across Main Street at Gordon Street is closed today for the installation of storm sewers. Businesses in this area can be accessed by using Ann Street to Gordon or Ashman.


July 31, 2017:

The pedestrian walkways crossing Ashman Street will be closed today, July 31, for sidewalk work. Pedestrians wanting to walk across Ashman should cross at Larkin Street.

The west corner of the sidewalk at Main and Ashman Streets will also be closed today for installation of underground utility lines.


July 26, 2017:

A portion of the walking and biking path behind Riverside Place will be closed today through Saturday afternoon to accommodate the installation of a sanitary sewer main at Gordon and Main Streets.

The path will be closed from Rodd Street to State Street to allow the sanitary sewer system to bypass the nearest pump station, which requires above-ground piping to temporarily reroute the system to the State Street pump station. Since these pipes may be difficult to navigate around on a bike or while walking, barricades are in place along the trail to indicate the area of the closure.

The trail is expected to reopen for use by the afternoon on Saturday, July 29.


July 24, 2017:

We’re nearly six weeks into the Dig In Midland streetscape project and construction continues to move along as previously anticipated. Our crews’ hard work gives us plenty of updates for you!

As of July 21, work has expanded into another block of Main Street from Gordon Street to Fitzhugh Street. Meanwhile, the block from Rodd to McDonald and the McDonald and Main intersection are now open to vehicle traffic. Visitors to the Midland Area Farmers Market should now utilize Rodd or McDonald Streets.

Weather and other factors permitting, at least one block of Phase 1 will be complete by the end of this month.

Read the anticipated schedule below for all the details!

Rodd to McDonald:

  • Roadway surface has been paved is now open to vehicle traffic
  • Intersection of Main and McDonald is now open to vehicle traffic
    • Note: We anticipate intermittent lane closures as needed for ongoing work.
  • Sidewalk details (including power washing, seam caulking, and adding temporary parking barrels and protective elements to planters) will begin July 24
    • Note: Sidewalks will be closed to pedestrians overnight through mid-morning for 6-8 hours to finalize caulking work. A separate announcement will be made when this occurs.
  • Block is anticipated to open for parking and both vehicle and pedestrian traffic by July 28

McDonald to Ashman:

  • Paving anticipated by July 28
  • Intersection of Main and Ashman is anticipated to re-open on July 28
  • Sidewalk details (including power washing, seam caulking, and adding temporary parking barrels and protective elements to planters) will begin July 31
    • Note: Sidewalks will be closed to pedestrians overnight through mid-morning for 6-8 hours to finalize caulking work.

Ashman to Gordon:

  • Paving anticipated by August 4 

Gordon to Fitzhugh:

  • Block is now closed to traffic as of July 21
  • Milling completed July 22
  • Tree removal will begin on July 24
  • Sidewalks closed on both sides for brick removal
    • Note: These sidewalks are anticipated to remain closed until new walkways are poured in a few weeks.

Fitzhugh to M-20:

  • Block anticipated to close to vehicle traffic after Main is opened from McDonald to Ashman
    • Note: When this block closes, motorists accessing M-20 are highly encouraged to use Rodd Street to Indian Street to Jerome Street to access M-20. Motorists using Larkin Street to access M-20 will experience long wait times. 

 

In addition to the above work occurring today, the sidewalk on the south corner of Main and Ashman is closed. Businesses on that side of the street can be accessed from McDonald.


July 21, 2017:

Tomorrow morning (Friday, July 21), the sidewalk on the northern side of Main Street crossing Ashman Street will be closed until noon. McDonald Street and Main Street from Rodd to McDonald will be open to vehicle traffic; however, no parking will be permitted on Main at this time.


July 19, 2017:

Paving the corner at McDonald and Main 

 

Paving in the Rodd to McDonald Block – July 19

The North corner of Main and McDonald is closed today for installation of new concrete sidewalks. Paving occurred today in the block from Rodd to McDonald!


July 18, 2017: 

Both the northerly and southerly crossings of Ashman at Main will be closed this morning. They should reopen about 11:00.


July 17, 2017:

Tomorrow the sidewalk on the southerly side of Main from Ashman to Gordon will be closed for removal of the brick and will remain closed through Monday. The crossing at Gordon will remain open for access to the restaurant at that corner. The corner at Ashman will be open for access to the Table restaurant.


July 14, 2017:

The sidewalk on the northerly side of Main from Ashman to Gordon will be closed all day today for installation of new concrete sidewalks. The sidewalk at the west corner of Main and McDonald will be closed most of today. Businesses on the southerly side of Main can be accessed from Ashman St.


July 11, 2017:

The sidewalk on the northern side of Main Street from Ashman to Gordon is open using temporary wooden walkways. However, access to cross Main Street at Ashman is closed. Pedestrians can cross at Gordon or Rodd  Streets.

The sidewalk on the northern side of Main midway between Gordon and Ashman will be closed this afternoon for installation of a new sewer lateral.

The sidewalk down Ashman along The H Residence has been removed. Pedestrians must use the west side of the building to access Main Street.


July 10, 2017:

The sidewalk on the northern side of Main Street from Ashman to Gordon is restricted this afternoon while the contractor removes the existing brick and places temporary wooden walkways.


July 7, 2017:

Sidewalks on the northern side of Main at Ashman are open to pedestrian traffic. The southern side will be closed across Ashman for a few hours today for demolition of existing sidewalks.

Sidewalks on the southern side of Main at Ashman will be reopened with a gravel surface later this afternoon.


July 6, 2017:

Beginning this afternoon, Ashman Street will be closed at Main Street. Ashman will become a two-way street from Ann Street to Main Street (to accommodate traffic to The H Hotel) and two-way from Main to Larkin Street to provide additional parking.

The intersection of Ashman and Main will be closed for 4 to 6 weeks. The intersection of Ashman and Larkin will become an all-way stop.

Also this afternoon, pedestrian access at the intersection of Main and McDonald Streets will be restricted to accommodate curb installation.


4-Weeks-In Construction Update: June 30, 2017

As the fourth week of construction comes to an end, we’ve compiled a list of work that’s been done – and what’s to come – on the Dig In Midland streetscape project.

Rodd to McDonald Block: 

  • Sidewalks are open and substantially completed on both sides;
  • Curbing for the intersections will be completed by end of this week;
  • Gravel being laid in preparation for paving;
  • Paving anticipated for July 17-18, followed by parking space striping. After this, both the street and parking will be reopened.
    • We anticipate intermittent closure of some parking spaces for ongoing work in this block.
  • Intersection of Main and McDonald is anticipated to open after July 18

McDonald to Ashman:

  • Sidewalks are open and substantially complete on both sides;
  • Intersection curbing is underway;
  • Paving anticipated for July 17-18, followed by parking space striping. After this, both the street and parking will be reopened.
    • We anticipate intermittent closure of some parking spaces for ongoing work in this block.
  • Intersection of Main and Ashman will be closed on Friday, June 30 for mill work.  It is anticipated this intersection will be re-opened for the Independence Day holiday (7/1-7/4) and then closed again beginning July 5.
  • McDonald Street from Larkin to Ann Street is anticipated to open July 19

Ashman to Gordon:

  • Ashman to Gordon block milled Friday, June 30
  • Ashman milled Main Street to Ann Street, Friday, June 30
  • Ashman Street Sidewalk work, Main Street to Ann Street (east side only) June 30 – July 17
  • Ashman Street closes Larkin to Ann Street WednesdayJuly 5
    • Please use Gordon and Rodd Street for Farmers Market access
  • Demolition of sidewalks to begin Wednesday, July 5
  • Work in this block is anticipated to be completed the week of July 31

Gordon to Fitzhugh

  • Milling Gordon to Fitzhugh – July 20 

Fitzhugh to M20

  • Milling Fitzhugh to Jerome (M-20) – August 1

City’s Fourth of July Fireworks & Festivities will go on! 

The recent flooding event has dashed hopes of having the Tridge work finished enough to allow pedestrian to cross to Chippewassee Park for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show. But the show will go on!

The city has worked to relocate the fireworks launch from the old 4D/Oldcastle manufacturing site across the river from Dow Diamond.

The Michigan Baseball Foundation has graciously made the Dow Diamond front lawn available for public viewing of the fireworks. Parking will be available in all Loons parking lots with exception of the lot in front and to the northwest of the stadium to allow guests to set up chairs. The stadium will be closed.

Main Street will be closed at State Street to allow for concessionaires, pedestrian access, and fireworks viewing.The Rock Show concert will happen on the front lawn of Dow Diamond on the City stage at 8:00 p.m.

Spectators may also view the fireworks from areas such as Overlook Park, Putnam Park, and other nearby areas. We encourage guests to leave their dogs at home for this event, as fireworks can be frightening to animals.


June 30, 2017:

The intersection of Ashman and Main will be closed to through traffic on Friday, June 30 for street milling. An 8-foot section of roadway on the east side of Ashman will be also be milled, but one lane of Ashman will remain open.

The intersection is expected to be reopened temporarily to traffic by the end of the day Friday. Beginning Wednesday, July 6, the intersection be closed again for 4 to 6 weeks for full street reconstruction.


Photo taken June 29 shows curb and gutter pouring in progress on Main Street

June 29, 2017: 

Sidewalks at the southern corner of Main and McDonald will be closed this morning for several hours. Access to the businesses on that side between Ashman and McDonald can be accessed from Ashman. Between McDonald and Rodd can still be accessed from both ends. Walks on the north side are open.


June 27, 2017: 

Wednesday, June 28, by mid-morning the sidewalk on the north side of Main between Ashman and McDonald should be open. The sidewalk on the south side of Main will be closed from Ashman to McDonald at that time for sidewalk construction and should reopen mid-morning on Thursday.


June 27, 2017: 

Tuesday morning crews will be working on the removal of the temporary wood walk on the north side of Main from McDonald to Ashman. That side will be closed for one and a half to two days. Most of the businesses in that block have rear entrances for their customers to use.


June 22, 2017: 

Due to wet weather, all construction activities have been canceled for today.


June 21, 2017:

UPDATED 2:30 p.m. – Businesses on the south side of Main from Rodd to McDonald can now be accessed from McDonald St. Businesses on the north side in this block should be accessed from their rear entrances. Sewer lateral work in front of Peel ‘n Pare has closed the section of sidewalk in that area for the remainder of the afternoon. Please use the business’s rear entrance for access.


June 20, 2017:

Sidewalks are closed on the north side of Main from Ashman to McDonald. Guests are encouraged to access the businesses in this block via their rear entrances.

**UPDATED** This work has been delayed until June 21. The sidewalk between Amazing Deli and Happy.Pretty is closed this morning, June 20, for installation of a new sewer lateral. Once this area has been restored, the sidewalk on the north side of Main in front of Willow and Peel ‘n Pare will be closed in the afternoon for the same reason.

In addition, the sidewalk on the north side of Main Street between Rodd and MI Float will be closed until noon today due to rainy weather yesterday evening.


June 19, 2017:

 Today’s work will install sewer laterals between Travel Authority and Willow, so the temporary sidewalk will be closed at that location later this morning through the end of the day on Monday. Both businesses can be accessed through their  rear entrances. Other businesses can be accessed on Main from McDonald or Ashman.

In addition, work will continue on the concrete sidewalks between Rodd and McDonald. The north side will remain closed until the morning of Tuesday, June 20. The south side of Main from Rodd to Heather ‘n Holly is closed through June 20. Guests can access Heather ‘n Holly, Lil Pear Tree, Timm’s Appliance Repair, Fulkerson Music Studio, and Health Hut from McDonald.


June 15, 2017:

From early morning on Friday, June 16 through Saturday, June 17, the sidewalk area on the northern side of Main Street from Rodd to McDonald will be closed for the installation of new concrete sidewalks.  This includes the intersection of McDonald and Main Street.

Pedestrians wanting to access MI Float should use their rear entrance located off of Larkin Street.


June 14, 2017: 

Fisher Contracting is installing the storm sewer on McDonald Street this morning. From late this morning through the end of the day the crosswalk on the south side of Main Street at McDonald will be closed and the alley behind Oscars is restricted.

Additionally, Main Street from Rodd to Townsend Streets will be closed beginning at 1 pm in preparation for the Dig In event this afternoon. This section of Main Street is expected to be re-opened by the end of the day.


June 13, 2017:

The contractor is working on the sewer lateral to Little Forks Outfitters this morning. Access to Imagine That! will be from McDonald St. and access to Little Forks Outfitters will be from Ashman St. until early afternoon.


June 8, 2017: 

Construction on Main Street – Day 3

The City of Midland Water Dept. will be relocating a fire hydrant at the corner of Main & McDonald Streets starting at 6:00 am Friday, June 9. Water service will be shut down in the one block of Main Street from McDonald to Ashman Street for 3 to 4 hours tomorrow morning. The City of Midland Water Department is going door to door notifying businesses and residents of the water outage.


June 6, 2017:

 Moving along right as scheduled, tomorrow, June 7, Fisher Contracting will be removing pavers all the way to the building faces in the block of Rodd to McDonald and installing temporary plywood surfaces in place of the sidewalks. They will keep the time as minimum as possible when pedestrian access across door openings will be unavailable. Representatives from Fisher will be making contact with affected businesses this afternoon.

Pedestrian traffic will be closed at the intersection of McDonald and Main Streets while the intersection is under construction. Pedestrians will be redirected to cross McDonald Street at Larkin or Ann Street.


June 6, 2017:

A utilities project will be starting this morning, Tuesday, June 6, and will require underground work on S. McDonald Street (west side) from Main Street to the alley-way area.

This project is expected to be wrapped up in a week.
The parking lot for Tri-Star Trust Bank and its tenants should not be affected.


June 1, 2017:

Hang on to your hard hats! Downtown Midland’s streetscape construction digs in beginning Monday, June 5!

Fisher Contracting Company is eager to get started and has made a few alterations to the construction schedule that will make their work much more efficient and help to keep everything running on or ahead of schedule. Please note the following:

Beginning Monday, June 5:   

  • Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Gordon Street to Rodd Street.
  • McDonald Street will be closed from Larkin Street to Ann Street.
  • The Tridge and Farmers Market area will be accessible via Gordon, Ashman, and Rodd Streets. The intersection at Ashman and Main will remain open to traffic through the first week of construction, however plan on intermittent closures at that intersection as work progresses.
  • In the first week, crews will begin removing the road surface and that area of the sidewalk from the planter boxes to the curb.  This includes removal of street trees, traffic signals, and streetlights.   Underground sanitary sewer lateral repairs will take place through the entire 3-block construction zone during the street shut-down.
  • Storefront sidewalk areas will be removed last as the construction process continues. Sidewalks will remain open as much as possible in each block during construction to allow pedestrian traffic to local businesses.
  • A staging area for Fisher Contracting will be designated in the public parking lot off Ann Street, closest to the rail trail, between Rodd and Wyman (McDonald) Street.  This parking area will be off limits to public parking for the duration of the construction project.
  • Parking is encouraged on the open portions of Main Street, on side streets, and in the many public parking lots throughout the district.
  • For more information and details on the streetscape redevelopment project visit this site frequently or sign up for weekly progress updates via email in the Sign Up For Updates box above. Stay updated on the project by following Downtown Midland, Michigan on Facebook and @DtMidlandMI on Twitter.

May 22, 2017: At the May 22 City Council meeting, Fisher Contracting Company was awarded the streetscape construction bid along with OHM Advisors who will oversee project management — two local companies doing great things here in Midland!  The seven block reconstruction of Main Street begins in June and will last through November.