By Melinda Baird, firstname.lastname@example.org
Area drivers whose routine has been disrupted by the eastbound lane closure of Dexter-Chelsea Road can take some comfort in knowing they’re just about over the hump. With both lanes anticipated to reopen around Christmas, the roughly 14-week project is halfway complete this week.
“We’re making good progress and are on schedule,” DTE Energy project foreman Dan Sands said. “There’s been great cooperation between the city of Chelsea, the county, and DTE.”
The eastbound direction of Dexter-Chelsea Road between the city boundary and Fletcher Road (in Lima Township) has been inaccessible since September 20 when DTE workers began installing a gas main to service the city. The purpose of the project is to increase the system’s reliability and bolster pressure, Sands said. The posted detour directs traffic from M-52 to Old US-12 to Jackson Road to Parker Road.
Once complete, residents will have a reprieve until next summer when Phase 2 is implemented just east of the current project, Sands said. Phase 2 is now in the design phase, and expected to similarly take roughly three months from start to finish.
“It’ll look very much like this one,” Sands said.