By Lynne Beauchamp, firstname.lastname@example.org
Motorists can expect traffic congestion in Dexter while a roundabout project at Baker Road/Dan Hoey Road begins.
According to Communications Coordinator with the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC), Emily Kizer, preliminary work is underway with relocating gas lines in advance of construction. Kizer states that the intersections and Baker Road will be completely closed to through traffic at Shield Road/Dongara Drive and Dan Hoey Road and a posted detour route will be Jackson Road, Parker Road, Dexter Chelsea Road and Main Street. The full closure is scheduled for June 14.
Kizer said in 2015-16 WCRC and the City of Dexter conducted a Baker Road intersection improvement study in conjunction with a stakeholders group. After public meetings and generating several alternative improvements of the intersection, it was determined the roundabout intersections provided the best options for traffic and pedestrian safety while providing slower speeds of traffic.
The project is estimated to cost $1.36 million and is being paid for by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Federal Grant, according to Kizer.
Completion of the project is proposed before Dexter Schools resume classes for the 2018/19 school year.
For details on the project visit http://www.wcroads.org/wcrc-project/baker-road-2/ and the WCRC is encouraging community members to subscribe to email updates on this webpage.