New life for Dexter’s worst road

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| 1 min | by Doug Marrin |

Dexter’s worst road will be getting a much-needed facelift next year.

In 2021, the City of Dexter will reconstruct a segment of Third St. from the Dexter Mill to Broad St. and then improve Broad from there to Hosmer-Muehlig Funeral Chapel (Fourth St.). According to OHM, the city’s engineers, these segments are “currently the City’s worst-rated section of federal aid eligible pavement.”

The project has been in the works for more than 10 years as part of the city’s Central Street corridor improvement plan. Earlier this year, the Dexter City Council authorized OHM to begin designing the reconstruction.

Currently, Third St. consists of two 11-foot traffic lanes with gravel shoulders. The proposed construction will reconstruct the two 11-foot lanes with the addition of curbing and gutter. The street most probably will be widened at the curve to accommodate truck turning.

Under the proposed plan, Broad St. will have its two 11-foot traffic lanes also reconstructed with the addition of two 5’ bike lanes. Both sides of the road will have paved parallel parking spots, concrete curb, and gutters.

The initial timeline for the work is estimated as follows:

Topographic Surveys (Complete – Excluding Railroad) ……..April 15, 2020

Preliminary Engineering & Resident Meeting………………….May 29, 2020

MDOT Grade Inspection Meeting………………………………..July 15, 2020

Final Plans/Permits/Approvals to MDOT ……………………….September 4, 2020

MDOT Funding Obligation ………………………………………..October 15, 2020

Bid Letting ………………………………………………………….January 2021

Construction Start Date ………………………………………….June 2021