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By Natalie Davies

As the Dexter Bicentennial celebration cools down, the city’s road construction projects will heat up, most notably the closure of Baker Road, with the work contract taking effect on the heels of the celebration.

Baker Road will be closed for construction from Grand Street to Main Street.

According to the city’s website, the road will be closed to through traffic during the project, but residents and businesses will be able to access driveways except during limited periods. Detour routes include Dan Hoey Road, Dexter-Ann Arbor Road, and Hudson Street. The project includes milling and overlaying the road surface, adding a marked crossing at Forest St, and changing lane widths.

Dexter City Manager and Clerk Justin Breyer said the schedule is weather-dependent, but the contract allows for work from June 23 to Aug. 23.

The project’s funding comes from federal transportation grant funds. The construction will resurface Baker Road from Grant Street to Main Street.

Other city road projects for the summer include Forest Street and Huron Farms mill and overlay, Westridge Drive slurry seal overlay, and Industrial Park updates.

The city contracted Cadillac Asphalt to remove and replace Forest Street’s asphalt road surface from Baker Road to Kensington Street.

Cadillac Asphalt will also mill and overlay Ulrich Street from View Drive to Wilson Drive, Wilson Drive from Dyan Drive to the cul-de-sac, and North and South Wilson Court.

Dexter contracted Pavement Maintenance Systems to apply microsurfaces to seal all Business and Research Park roads to prolong their life.

All the projects are set to start this month and end by August, with some of the projects set to end after a few weeks.

Washtenaw County Road Commission is working on North Territorial Road and Webster Church Road, which are set to finish June 28, according to the WCRC website, which posts weekly road work schedules for projects across the county.

The county is also working on Farrell Road between Zeeb and Jennings Road in Webster Township.

For more information and updates on Dexter, visit www.dextermi.gov/government/road_projects.php.

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